May WiRE: 2015 Legislative Session Debrief

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 26th for our 2015 Legislative Session Debrief. During this discussion we will recap 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 discussion will be moderated by Veronica Rocha of the Hawaii State Energy Office.

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PV Interconnection – How did we get here and where do we go from here?

Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 30th for a discussion on PV Interconnection - How did we get here and where do we go from here?  This discussion will feature panelists from HECO, NREL, Solar City and Earth Justice talking 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.  The discussion will be moderated by Veronica Rocha of the Hawaii State Energy Office.  

Breakfast will be served.

From left to right: Veronica Rocha, Isaac Moriwake, Michael Callahan, Colton Ching, Jon Yoshimura

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Maui WiRE Pau Hana following the Maui Energy Conference

4:30-6:00 PM, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Fronting Gallery

Please join us for the Maui WiRE Pau Hana gathering following the Maui Energy Conference Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Enjoy the opportunity to network with both the women leaders and speakers featured in the conference as well as our Oahu founder and leaders.


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Governor David Ige talks story with WiRE on Hawaii’s clean energy future

Mark your calendars for Friday, March 6 when we will be hearing from Governor David Ige as well as DBEDT Director Luis Salaveria and DOT Director Ford Fuchigami. Our state officials will share their plans for Hawaii’s clean energy future. The breakfast event will be moderated by Asia Yeary of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Friday, March 6, 7:30 – 9:30 AM, Plaza Club in Honolulu

  • WiRE Members: $24
  • Non-members: $34

Breakfast will be served.

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Maui WiRE hosts MPowerMaui!

On February 23, Maui WiRE will be hosting “MPowerMaui: An Energy Conversation”.

Maui WiRE members are encouraged to register to participate in a 90-minute, engaging group session this February 23rd. “MPowerMaui features the interactive kind of format used in the Focus Maui Nui visioning process that produced lively discussions and thoughtful responses from our community,” said Jeanne Skog, MEDB President & CEO.  Activities will enable participants to learn more about energy, to think about their own actions related to energy, to prioritize issues, to consider what actions they would or would not support, and to develop messages for decision makers.

The results of these MPowerMaui conversations will be presented at the “Maui Energy Conference” in to be held on March 25 and 26, 2015.

“This opportunity for public conversation is critical as it can have an impact on the future of our island,” said Skog. “By joining in this conversation, participants will be helping to bring the public’s voice to the table in front of decision makers and community stakeholders as actions are determined to create a ‘green’ energy future for Maui.”

Monday, February 23, 11:30 – 1:00 PM, Malcolm Training Center in Kihei.

Brown bag lunch.

JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Click here to Register!


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January WiRE: Alan Oshima on the Future of Hawaiian Electric Company

On January 23, we will be hearing from Alan Oshima, President & CEO of Hawaiian Electric Company. Alan will share a few thoughts on leadership and the future. The event will be moderated by Dawn Lippert of the Energy Excelerator.

Friday, January 23, 12:30 - 2:00 PM, Plaza Club in Honolulu

Lunch will be served.

  • WiRE Members: $26
  • Non-members: $36

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WiRE Holiday Luncheon – Year in Review: We’ve Come a Long Way!

On December 4, we will be hearing from a few of Hawaii’s key energy leaders including Shelee Kimura, Vice President, Hawaiian Electric Company; Dawn Lippert, Director, Energy Excelerator; Alicia Moy, President & CEO, Hawaii Gas; and, Veronica Rocha, Renewable Energy Branch Manager, Hawaii State Energy Office. The panel will be moderated by Julie Hong, Senior Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton.

Thursday, December 4 from 12:00 noon – 2:00 PM, Plaza Club Honolulu

Check in at 11:45 AM, lunch starts at 12:00 noon, and the program starts at 12:30 PM.

Lunch menu includes:  soup of the day, 2 hot entrees (fish and chicken), sides of starch and vegetables, assorted salads and desserts, coffee, hot tea, and iced tea.

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November Maui WiRE: Renewable Energy K-12 Education



Development of a modern, technologically-savvy clean energy workforce continues to be a high priority for the state. Jobs in energy and the environment are often high-quality, impactful, and attractive to youth – and collaborating to prepare our children for the future is a key strategic priority for Hawaii.

On November 20th, Graham DeVey, Program Manager of MEDB Women In Technology Island Energy Inquiry™ (IEI) program will be discussing IEI’s role in educating teachers and students throughout the state in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Besides hearing from Graham DeVey and an IEI teacher, attendees will also be participating in an IEI hands-on activity to experience first-hand how students learn about renewable energy by engaging in inquiry science and engineering design methods.

Please join us Thursday, November 20th from 11:45 AM-1:30 PM at the MEDB Malcolm Training Center – Maui Research & Technology Park, 1305 N. Holopono Street, Suite 5, Kihei, Maui.

This event will be a brown-bag lunch.

Click here to register for November’s event

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November WiRE: Getting Around – New Transportation Options in Hawaii

On November 14, we will be hearing about the latest in multi-modal transportation from Blue Planet Foundation, Bikeshare Hawaii, and RideScout. We all use multiple kinds of transportation every day, and this session will explore new options for getting around – options that will result in a more user-friendly, integrated, and cleaner Honolulu.  The panel will feature Jeff Mikulina, CEO, BluePlanet Foundation; Lori McCarney, CEO, Bikeshare Hawaii; Walter Rosenkranz, Business Development Manager, Car2Go (invited); and, Katie Sihler, Vice President of Business Development, RideScout. The panel will be moderated by Asia Yeary, Clean Energy & Transportation Lead, U.S. EPA Region 9.

Friday, November 14 from 12:15-1:45 PM, Plaza Club Honolulu

Lunch will be provided.

We’re ready to roll. Are you?

Click here to Register!

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October 3: WiRE First Friday Lunch

Our next lunch will be held on Friday, October 3 at 12 noon at Mandalay (located at 1055 Alakea Street). 

Our WiRE Board thought it would be good idea to have monthly informal lunches with our members, to talk story and catch up with each other on our latest energy projects, initiatives, and programs.

To make it easy, we will have a family-style lunch, ordering a variety of dim sum and other specialty dishes.  The cost is approximately $10-12 per person (including tax + tip).

Please RSVP to:, if you are able to attend.

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