Upcoming Events

2017 Calendar of Events 

  • April WiRE: Community Based Renewable Energy – A Look at Hawaii’s Emerging Program.  A dynamic WiRE panel exploring Hawaii’s emerging Community Based Renewable Energy (CBRE) program in which we received an update from stakeholders actively involved in shaping the program and discussing the potential for what’s next.
  • March WiRE: Creating a Market – Hawaiian Electric Companies’ Demand Response Portfolio.  This conversation featured Rich Barone, Manager of Demand Response at Hawaiian Electric, his team and other WiRE team members to dive into the recent Demand Response Portfolio filing.
  • February WiRE: Leveling-Up Clean Energy Innovation in the Trump Administration.  This panel explored strategies for leveling-up clean energy innovation amidst the Trump Administration. It also explored strategies for forging new public and private partnerships to keep momentum and advance new innovations in the clean energy sector!
2016 Calendar of Events 
  • December WiRE:  Holiday Luncheon and Building Connections Speed Mentoring.  In this annual holiday luncheon we reflected on 2016, looked ahead to 2017, and built connections with fellow women in renewable energy through fun and dynamic speed mentoring sessions.
  • October WiRE:  Energy Data Ownership, Privacy, and Security in the New Age of Informatics.    Please join us Friday, October 21 at 8:00 am – 9:30 am the Plaza Club to explore how informatics and cyber security are transforming our treatment of and relationship with electric grid and customer energy data. Our esteemed panelists are: Aram Shumavon (Chief Executive Officer, Kevala), Kelly McCanlies (Director, Hawaiian Electric Company), and Sam Sneed (Attorney, ES&A).
  • September WiRE:  Pau Hana with the PUC.    Please join us on Tuesday September 27th at HASR Bistro for a pau hana with leaders of the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission: Commissioner Lorraine Akiba, Commissioner Thomas Gorak and Executive Officer Delmond Won.
  • July WiRE:  Cybersecurity:  Challenges in Securing the Electricity Grid.   Energy is a major target for cyber threats. The increased reliance on IT systems and networks exposes the electricity grid to cyber security and critical infrastructure vulnerabilities. This panel will be hosted by Connie Lau, Chair of President Obama’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council, and will discuss a range of cyber security issues.
  • June WiRE:  Unpacking the PSIP.   Join us for a conversation with Colton Ching, VP of Energy Delivery at Hawaiian Electric, and Lisa Giang, Director of the Corporate Energy Planning Division at Hawaiian Electric to unpack Hawaiian Electric’s Power Supply Plan (PSIP) and find-out what it all means! Dawn Lippert, Director of the Energy Excelerator, will interview panelists.
  • May WiRE:  Policy & Continuity in Clean Energy and Transportation. On May 13, we heard about 2016 Legislative Session outcomes.  The panelists were Representative Chris Lee, Legislature; Mark Glick, Hawaii State Energy Office;Jeff Ono, Division of Consumer Advocacy; and, Ed Sniffen, Department of Transportation.  The panel was moderated by Yvette Maskrey, Honeywell.
  • March WiRE:  The Energy, Water and Agriculture Nexus.  On March 10, we heard how the Energy sector interplays with and impacts Hawaii’s Agriculture and Water industries.  The panel discussion featured Aaron Ellis, Pono Pacific Land Management; Marc Chun, Hawaii Board of Water Supply; Yvonne Izu, Morihara Lau & Fong LLP; and, Josh Stanbro, Hawaii Community Foundation.  The panel was moderated by Kay Fukunaga, WiRE Executive Board.
  • January WiRE:  Leading the Charge – State of Hawaii’s EV Transportation Policies and Trends.  Please join us for an electrifying discussion on the technology, policy, and economics driving the future of EVs in Hawaii. Our distinguished panelists include: Margaret Larson (Energy Analyst, HSEO), Rachel James (Project Manager, HCATT), Kathy McKenzie (Project Manager, HNEI). Moderated by Julie Hong (Infrastructure Lead, Pac Rim, Booz Allen). Space is limited.
2015 Calendar of Events 
  • December 3 (Thursday) – Women Leading Transformational Change. Please join us for an insightful and light-hearted discussion with key women leaders that are shaping our clean energy landscape. The panel features Shalanda H. Baker (Associate Professor and Faculty Advisor to the UH Environmental Law Program) and Catherine Awakuni-Colon (Director of the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs).  The panel will be moderated by Yvette Maskrey (District Manager for Honeywell Smart Grid Solutions).  AS THIS IS OUR SPECIAL ANNUAL HOLIDAY EVENT, WE’LL HAVE A FEW DOOR PRIZES!
  • December 2 (Wednesday) – Maui WiRE: SunEdison Kaheawa Wind Project TourSunEdison will be hosting Maui WiRE members for a private tour of the Kaheawa Wind Project (KWP). Join us to learn more about the majestic thirty-four Phase I & Phase II 1.5MW wind turbines installed at KWP and their ability to power an equivalent of approximately 18,000 Maui homes annually.This tour will be limited to 13 members, unless any private 4 wheel drive vehicles can be secured to transport additional members.Following the tour, we will be convening at Beach Bums in Maalaea for lunch.
  • October 13 (Tuesday) – Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee JamesOn October 13, we are honored to have Deborah Lee James, Secretary of the Air Force, speak to us about energy innovation and women in leadership.  Please join us for this personal and in depth conversation about life as a woman leader in the Pentagon.U.S. Senator Brian Schatz will provide opening remarks.
  • September 25 (Friday) - Please join us for our fall event “Fall Back to the Future.” Speakers from the Future Focus: Hawaii Innovation Initiative’s Forum will share what the future of energy innovation looks like from their perspective. Our panel includes Jetta Wong, Acting Director of the US Department of Energy’s Office of Technology Transitions; Ja Kao, President of Onyx Renewable Partners; and, Shereen Wachi, Project Manager for the Hawaii Projects in the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific (NAVFAC PAC) Renewable Energy Program Office.

  • July 30 (Thursday) – WiRE Breakfast - Getting Personal:  Your Power to Conserve.  Please join us on Thursday July 30 for Getting Personal: Your Power to Conserve.  During this session, we will discuss practical, actionable ways to reduce your energy bills and hear from others making this happen on the ground.  Our panel includes Caroline Carl, Acting Director of Program Operations at Hawaii Energy, David Gorman, General Manager of Revolusun Smart Home and Brian Kealoha, Regional Manager of OpTerra Energy Services addressing the Department of Education’s Ka Hei project.  The discussion will be moderated by Yvette Maskrey of Honeywell.

  • May 26 (Tuesday) – WiRE Lunch: 2015 Legislative Debrief.  Join us for a recap on the energy policy successes and tribulations of this year’s legislative session and review the bills that didn’t make it this session but may resurface next year!  Our panel discussion features Representative Nicole E. Lowen, Jeff Mikulina from Blue Planet Foundation and Leslie Cole-Brooks from Hawaii Solar Association.  The panel will be moderated by Veronica Rocha of the Hawaii State Energy Office.
  • April 30 (Thursday) – WiRE Breakfast: PV Interconnection - How did we get here and where do we go from here?  Join us for a firsthand discussion with HECO, NREL, Solar City and Earth Justice on the events leading up to the technical inverter study (to increase circuit penetration) and  how this study and other work could help influence the future interconnection of PV in Hawaii.  Moderated by Veronica Rocha of the Hawaii State Energy Office.
    Event is sold out and registration is now closed.
  • March 6 (Fri) – WiRE Breakfast: Talk story with Governor Ige. Governor David Ige and his two appointees, DBEDT Director Luis Salaveria and State Transportation Director Ford Fuchigami, will share their plans for clean energy and transportation.
  • March 16 (Mon) –  Military Affairs Council Briefing: Women in Leadership. For the first time in Hawaii’s history, we are home to two female senior military leaders. Hear first-hand from General Lori Robinson and Rear Admiral Cari Thomas about their commands and the challenges and opportunities for women in the military.

Unless otherwise specified, Oahu WiRE is usually at the Plaza Club in downtown Honolulu: 900 Fort Street Mall # 2000


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A good bet is to park in a public parking garages (they cost $1.50 per hour, same price as parking meters) such as Ali’i Place on Alakea, Capitol Place on Kukui, or Harbor Court on Bethel just off Nimitz.  Harbor Court is the closest; see the streetview below.


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