Talk Story: Distributed Energy Resources in Hawaii

WiRE hosted a talk story on distributed energy resources (DER) in Hawaii to learn more about the important role DERs are playing in Hawaii’s ambitious clean energy goals.

Our panelists shared their insights on:

  • Current proposals for advanced rate design and DER programs
  • The recent Battery Bonus Program launched to add more DERs to the grid before the AES coal-fired plant is retired starting in September 2022
  • Stakeholder efforts to prioritize equity in DER deployment
  • Important considerations for ongoing customer engagement


  • Caroline Carl, Deputy Director at Hawaii Energy


  • Sherilyn Hayashida, Program Specialist at State of Hawaii Division of Consumer Advocacy
  • Rocky Mould, Executive Director at Hawaii Solar Energy Association
  • Kaiulani Shinsato, Director, Customer Energy Resources Programs at Hawaiian Electric

Talk Story: Clean Transportation

WiRE hosted a conversation on clean transportation just in time for National Drive Electric Week!

From reducing vehicle miles traveled (VMTs) to providing input on EV charging options powered by renewable energy, panelists discussed the latest and greatest in clean transportation initiatives in Hawaii.


Katie Rooney, Director, Transportation Policy and Programs, Ulupono Initiative


Kiani Jones, Clean Mobility Director, Blue Planet Foundation

June Chee, Sr Program Manager, Hawaiian Electric