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, IRP IE].

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; Dr. Jay Griffin, 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


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


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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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Maui WiRE Holiday Event with Byron Washom

Please join us on Thursday, December 5 for our Maui WiRE holiday event with Bryon Washom, Pulama Lanai’s Energy Director and UCSD’s Director of Strategic Energy Initiatives.

Fast Company magazine named Byron in the, “100 Most Creative Persons in Business, 2010.” He also received the inaugural  “CleanTech San Diego Leadership Award” in 2013. Byron will discuss his work on developing a microgrid at UCSD and how he is leading the effort in energy on Lanai. See this recent article “Microgrid benefits attractive to isles” to learn more.

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Maui WiRE Event with Kelly King: Sustainable Agriculture Model with Biodiesel

Sustainable Agriculture Model with Biodiesel: Maui WiRE Event with Kelly King, VP of Pacific Biodiesel

The presentation will summarize a collaborative effort between the military, Hawaii’s only commercial biofuel producer, local farmers and ranchers to establish a zero-waste, truly beneficial community partnership.  The components of a Sustainable Community Model are coming together in Waimea on Hawaii Island and continue to bring in key partners to expand local agriculture for food and fuel, creating jobs, a cleaner/safer environment and energy security.

Date and Time: Wednesday, November 6, 201311:30am – 1:00pm

Location: Laulima 106, UHMC Campus


SAVE THE DATE: Maui WiRE Holiday Party with Byron Washom, Pulama Lanai’s Strategic Energy Director, Thursday, December 5, 6:00pm-8:00pm, Details coming soon.


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Wednesday, October 2 Pau Hana with Alicia Moy, President & CEO of HAWAI’I GAS

5:00-7:00 PM, HASR Bistro – 31 N. Pauahi Street

Registration is limited to 25 attendees (on a first-come first-served basis).

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Maui Event: Going Off Grid

Going Off Grid: Maui Event with Former Mayor Charmaine Tavares

What are the possibilities on Maui for businesses to go off grid? How does Maui handle battery storage and what are the opportunities in the future? How can Maui handle wind curtailment? This engaging talk by former Maui Mayor Tavares will discuss renewable energy and the options for off grid technologies, battery storage, and wind curtailment options. Please join us at the Maui Lani Dunes Cafe O’ Lei on September 19 for a lively presentation and discussion. We look forward to seeing you there!

Date and Time: Thursday, September 19, 5:30-7:30

Location: Cafe O’ Lei at the Maui Lani Dunes

Cost: No-host pupus and dinner

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July 26 WiRE: Integrated Resource Planning (IRP)

At the July 26 WiRE breakfast, we will discuss the impacts and results of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and the utility planning process in Hawaii. An advisory group has been meeting with the utility, PUC, consumer advocate, and other stakeholders for one year to provide input into the utility planning process. Hawaiian Electric Co. published its report on June 28 (we encourage you to look through these documents before the meeting). The next step is a PUC docket to move forward with the report and get more structured involvement from stakeholders, so this is an ideal time for our WiRE community to review the report and have an informal conversation around utility planning. Join WiRE for a panel discussion featuring Jeff Ono, Consumer AdvocateLisa Giang, HECO; and Isaac Moriwake, Earth Justice. The panel will be moderated by Dawn Lippert of the PICHTR Energy Excelerator.

Friday, July 26 from 8:00-9:30 AM

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

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