September WiRE: Understanding Hawaiian Electric’s new plans and strategy

On September 24, we will hear about Hawaiian Electric’s new plans and strategy.

Hawaiian Electric’s recent filings have been the talk of the (energy) town, so we’ve invited HECO executives to come demystify them for WiRE and talk about what it all means.

Jim Alberts, Senior Vice President, Customer Service; Lisa Giang, Director, Corporate Energy Planning Division System Planning Department; and, Shelee Kimura, Vice President, Corporate Planning & Business Development will discuss the Power Supply Improvement Plans, the Distributed Generation Interconnection Plans, and the Integrated Demand Response Portfolio Plan. The discussion will be moderated by Yvette Maskrey of Honeywell.

Wednesday, September 24 from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, Plaza Club Honolulu

Due to overwhelming demand, this event is sold out.  All 80 spots have been filled.  Thank you for your interest; we’ll see you at the next one!

 

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August WiRE: JUMPSmartMaui – A Panel Discussion

 

On August 6th, we will hear from a panel of  several important players involved in the JUMPSmartMaui Project.
Tadahiro Togami, Assistant Manager of JUMPSmartMaui’s Project Promotion Center, will be presenting an overview of the demonstration project, the successes and challenges experienced so far, and future goals. Damon Glastetter, Partner of Solar HI, will be sharing his experiences and insights as a JUMPSmartMaui volunteer; and Sharon Suzuki, President of  Maui Electric Company, will be explaining MECO’s role in this demonstration project.

Wednesday, August 6th from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM, Queen Kaahumanu  Shopping Center – JUMPSmartMaui Innovation Center, Kahului, Maui

 This event will be a brown-bag lunch.

 

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July WiRE: Canada-Hawaii Connections: A Conversation with the Consul General

On July 1st, we will meet with Ms. Cassie Doyle, Consul General at Consulate General of Canada for discussion about cooperation between Hawaii and Canada in deploying and testing energy technologies.

This will be open only to the first 15 women who register; the format will be a conversation, rather than a lecture or panel.

Ms. Cassie Doyle was appointed as Consul General of Canada in January 2011 with accreditation for northern California and Hawaii.

A native of Canada’s west coast, Ms. Cassie Doyle has served at the executive level of all three orders of government including as Deputy Minister with both the governments of Canada and British Columbia. Over the past 15 years, she has led departments that have focused on advancing Canada’s energy, natural resource and environmental agendas.

Click here to view her full profile on Linkedin.

Tuesday, July 1st from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM, Plaza Club Honolulu, Pacific Room

 Lunch includes soup and salad buffet.

 

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June WiRE: Entrepreneurship is the New Black

 

On June 11, we will hear from several entrepreneurs currently innovating in the energy industry.

Join WiRE for a panel discussion featuring Charlotte Band, People Power; Ian Monroe, Oroeco; and Olin Lagon, Shifted Energy. The panel will be moderated by Jill Sims of the Energy Excelerator. These three companies are part of the Energy Excelerator’s 2014 cohort. People Power turns smart phones into smart homes by enabling homeowners to control and monitor all of their electrical devices. Oroeco has developed a social platform to empower users to reduce their carbon footprint impact through their everyday spending, investment, and lifestyle decisions. Shifted Energy is deploying smart grid, interactive demand response solutions using open standards and their Shifted Energy Hub. Click here to learn more about Energy Excelerator.

Wednesday, June 11 from 8:00-9:30 AM, Plaza Club Honolulu

Breakfast includes coffee/tea, juice, fruit, bagels & cream cheese, pastries, bacon, and eggs.

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May 21: Advancing Transformation Through Policy – A Legislative Update


On May 21, we will discuss how policy is being utilized to transform Hawaii’s energy system and the specific energy issues addressed during the 2014 legislative session.

Join WiRE for a panel discussion featuring Senator Russell Ruderman, Vice-Chair of the Senate Energy and Environment Committee; Representative Chris Lee, Chair of the House Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection; and, Catharine Lo, Communications Director at the Blue Planet Foundation.  The panel will be moderated by Dawn Lippert of the Energy Excelerator.  

Wednesday, May 21, 8:00-9:30 am, Plaza Club in Honolulu

Breakfast includes coffee, juice, bagels & cream cheese, fruit, and pastries, bacon and eggs.

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April 28: LNG – How does it fit into the renewable energy equation?

On April 28, we will discuss the technical aspects of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) [e.g., current thinking on logistics, siting, regulation, and financial structures] and its potential impact on the growth of renewable energy in Hawaii.

Join WiRE for a panel discussion featuring Joe Boivin, Senior VP of Business Development and Corporate Affairs at Hawaii Gas; Mark Glick, Administrator of the Hawaii State Energy Office; Todd Kanja, Manager of LNG Enterprise Solutions at Hawaiian Electric Company; and, Capt. Michael Williamson, Commanding Officer of NAVFAC Hawaii. The panel will be moderated by Julie Hong of Booz Allen Hamilton.

Monday, April 28 from 8:00-9:30 AM, Plaza Club Honolulu

Breakfast includes coffee/tea, juice, fruit, bagels & cream cheese, pastries, bacon, and eggs.

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March 19: Curtailment – Why are we spilling renewables and how is it getting better through collaboration?

* Link to event follow up resources: Teaching the Duck to Fly, RAP, January 2014 [with contributions by Commissioner Mike Champley and Carl Freedman of Haiku Design & Analysis].

On March 19, we will hear about Curtailment and its future implications for and impact on renewable energy projects as well as strategies being considered for addressing it. Why are we spilling renewables, and how is it getting better through collaboration?

Join WiRE for a thought-provoking panel discussion featuring Lisa Dangelmaier, Manager of Operations & System Planning at HELCO; Jay Griffin, Ph.D., Chief of Policy & Research at the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission; Dean Nishina, Utilities Administrator at the Division of Consumer Advocacy; and, Bash Nola, Utility & Renewable Energy Consultant. The panel will be moderated by Kay Fukunaga of NextEra Energy, Inc.

Wednesday, March 19 from 8:00-9:30 AM, Plaza Club Honolulu

Breakfast includes coffee, juice, bagels & cream cheese, fruit, pastries, and hot breakfast options, too!

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We would also like to remind WiRE members about the upcoming: “The Electric Utility of the Future” conference being held from March 26-28, 2014 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

To register, please visit: http://hightechmaui.com/energyconference/

Link to: Conference Program

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Follow up to Feb WiRE: Environmental Advocacy Meets Energy

Aloha,

As a follow-up to our February WiRE, panelist Isaac Moriwake sent along the following book excerpt, referenced during the panel discussion:

American Foundations: An Investigative History by Mark Dowie (Ch. 7- Energy)

Also, here is a link to the Science article by Garvin Heath on the Life Cycle Analysis of LNG, referenced by panelist Richard Wallsgrove:

Methane Leaks from North American Natural Gas Systems

Enjoy!

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February 20: Environmental Advocacy Meets Energy

On February 20, we will hear about the role advocacy groups play in energy development.  Advocacy groups play an active role in both promoting and questioning clean energy development.  Where do these groups come down on interconnection, curtailment, project development, permitting streamlining, and other issues and how do they get involved?  We will talk about both the sticky issues and where they find common ground.

Join WiRE for a panel discussion featuring Isaac Moriwake, Earth Justice; Stuart Coleman, Surfrider Foundation; Caitlin PomerantzSierra Club; and Jeff Mikulina, Blue Planet Foundation. The panel will be moderated by Asia Yeary of the EPA Region 9.

Thursday, February 20 from 8:00-9:30 AM, Plaza Club Honolulu

Breakfast includes coffee, juice, bagels & cream cheese, fruit, pastries, and hot breakfast too!

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December 4: WiRE Holiday Game Show featuring Connie Lau, Mina Morita, and Jennifer Sabas

Wednesday December 4, 2013, 5:30-7:30 PM, Plaza Club – 900 Fort Street Mall

The event will be game show-style.  We will ask our contestants not only about their career highlights and most memorable moments, but also about the things we’re really curious about:  Any funny moments with your job and family/children?  Dinner party fiascos?  Embarrassing childhood moments that foretold your later path?  There will be significant audience participation, too!  Do you have a great question to ask?  Email it to us at wire@hawaiiwire.org by 12/3.

Grand Prize:  One lucky attendee will win the chance to shadow one of these leaders for half a day, seeing what life is like in their shoes.

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