WiRE Talk Story: Department of Defense

Kirsten Baumgart Turner, Deputy Energy Director of the State Energy Office spoke with representatives from Booz Allen Hamilton and Hawaii Natural Energy Institute to discuss updates on Department of Defense initiatives, including the Marine Corp Base Hawaii Wave Energy Test Site project and Schofield Barracks Generating Station project and their impacts on Hawaii’s resiliency.


Kirsten Baumgart Turner, Deputy Energy Director of the Hawai’i State Energy Office


Sarah Lorimer, Lead Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton

Patrick Cross, Specialist- Marine Ocean Energy Program Manager, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute

WiRE Talk Story: Shalanda Baker

Shalanda Baker joined WiRE for an exclusive members-only  virtual talk story to dive into her new book, Revolutionary Power: An Activist’s Guide to the Energy Transition.

Baker is the current Deputy Director of Energy Justice at the U.S. Department of Energy and most recently a professor of law, public policy, and urban affairs at Northeastern University. She also served as associate professor of law at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai’i, where she was the founding director of the Energy Justice Program. She was the co-founder and co-director of the Initiative for Energy Justice, which provides technical law and policy support to communities on the front lines of climate change. Baker served as an Air Force officer prior to her honorable discharge pursuant to the then existing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, and became a vocal advocate for repeal of the policy. She earned a B.S. in Political Science from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a J.D. from Northeastern University, and L.L.M. from the University of Wisconsin.