Events

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  • WiRE Professional and Technical Development Scholarship

    July 31, 2022 11:59 pm

    [UPDATE 6/3/22: NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS. PROGRAM AT CAPACITY] As a women’s business organization, WiRE is committed to supporting professional and technical development opportunities fir our members. We are honored to continue our Professional and Technical Development Scholarship.   (more…)

  • WiRE Tour & Talk Story with Mayor Blangiardi

    Honouliuli Wastewater Treatment Plant May 24, 2022 10:15 am

    On Tuesday, May 24, 2022, WiRE participated in a site tour of the Honouliuli Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) plant and talk story with Mayor Rick Blangiardi.  Commissioned in 2018, the RNG plant, made possible through a partnership between the City & County of Honolulu and Hawaii Gas, upgrades raw biogas from the Honouliuli Wastewater Treatment Plant in Ewa Beach, to pipeline ready RNG for use by utility gas customers on Oahu.

    Mahalo to the Department of Environmental Services and Hawaii Gas for hosting the tour, and to Mayor Blangiardi and Nicola Hedge (Resilience Office), for engaging with us!

     

     

  • WiRE Luncheon: Federal Funding Opportunities for the State

    The Pacific Club April 22, 2022 11:30 am
    On Friday, April 22, 2022, WiRE hosted a panel discussion luncheon on opportunities to make Federal Funding work for the State of Hawaii.

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  • Talk Story – Insights from COP26: Inspiration and Action Items for Hawaii

    Zoom January 27, 2022 12:00 pm

    Happy New Year!

    We celebrated our first WiRE event of the year with a Talk Story from members of Hawaii’s ‘ohana delegation to explore Insights from COP26: Inspiration and Action Items for Hawaii.  While  U.S. emissions rose 6 percent last year, we reflected on Hawaii’s role in global action.

    Panelists: 

    DLNR Chair Suzanne Case, who attended COP26 as part of the Hawaii ‘Ohana Delegation and also signed the Edinburgh Declaration at the conference on behalf of the State of Hawaii.

    Councilmember Kelly King, who attended COP26 on behalf of ICLEI-USA and spoke on several panels with an emphasis on multi-level government collaboration, local-level community action, and advancing the circular economy; Kelly also signed the Edinburgh Declaration and helped commit Maui County to biodiversity.

    Moderator:

    Anu Hittle, Hawai’i Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation Coordinator, State of Hawaii, DLNR-OCCL

     

    Pre-read:

    • Materials for COP26 and State of Hawaii involvement (Governor and his delegation), along with the Ohana delegation’s presence: https://climate.hawaii.gov/hi-news/hi-blog/
    • Hawaii’s goals and progress in relation to the national and global pledges (see here)
  • Talk Story: Distributed Energy Resources in Hawaii

    Zoom October 29, 2021 12:00 pm

    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

    Moderator:

    • Caroline Carl, Deputy Director at Hawaii Energy

    Panelists:

    • 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

    Zoom September 23, 2021 12:00 pm

    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.

    Moderator:

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

    Panelists:

    Kiani Jones, Clean Mobility Director, Blue Planet Foundation

    June Chee, Sr Program Manager, Hawaiian Electric

  • 2021 Legislative Debrief

    Zoom June 29, 2021 12:00 pm

    WiRE hosted a Talk Story session with Representative Nicole Lowen, Chair of the House Energy and Environmental Protection Committee, and Senator Chris Lee, Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, to hear more about key renewable energy, clean transportation and energy efficiency bills considered and passed during the 2021 state legislative session.  Questions were sourced from WiRE members prior to the survey for a dynamic discussion.

  • WiRE Talk Story: Department of Defense

    Zoom April 22, 2021 12:00 pm

    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.

    Moderator:

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

    Panelists:

    Sarah Lorimer, Lead Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton

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

  • WiRE Talk Story: Shalanda Baker

    Zoom March 25, 2021 12:00 pm

    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.

  • Performance Based Regulation

    Zoom February 26, 2021 12:00 am

    On December 23, 2020 the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission issued a historic order for Performance Based Regulation (PBR). On February 26th from 12-1 PM, WiRE hosted an exciting discussion about the many details of PBR in Hawai’i.

    Panelists included:

     

    • Commissioner Jennifer Potter, Hawaii PUC
    • Cara Goldenberg, Manager, Rocky Mountain Institute
    • Grace Relf, Senior Utility Analyst, Hawaii PUC
    • Gina Yi, Interim Chief Engineer, Hawaii PUC

     

    We learned more about the multi-year stakeholder engagement process leading up to the Decision and Order – including goals and outcomes, notable milestones and challenges to overcome. We will also explore the post Decision and Order working group efforts currently underway and activities planned through June 2021. Attendees also gained insight into the plans for PBR implementation over the next few years.

    For some additional information, we welcome you to review the PUC’s PBR Phase 2 D&O 5 Page Summary. You can also visit the PUC’s Performance Based Regulation website for some detailed content on the proceedings.

  • WiRE Talk Story: Prof & Technical Dev Scholarship & Pre-Approved Packages

    Zoom November 20, 2020 12:00 pm
    • See pre-approved packages here.
    • Apply for the scholarship here.

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    During this session, we heard from three of our fellow WiRE members who took part in the WiRE Professional & Technical Development Scholarship program. They shared why they decided to partake in their development program and how they made the ask.

    Clarice Schafer, Supervising Utility Analyst at Hawaii Public Utilities Commission

    Jordan Little, Senior Manager of Asset Management & Business Development at Pacific Current Hawaii

    Kirstin Punu, Community Engagement & Strategic Partnerships at AES Distributed Energy

    We also launched some pre-approved development programs and coaching packages.

    We know that many of you are juggling multiple priorities and may be feeling fatigue with video conferencing and webinars. That’s why we’re taking a refreshed approach with these sessions to offer a more personal, informal, and shorter dialogue to re-energize your work and re-connect with fellow WiRE members.

     

     

  • WiRE Talk Story: Scott Glenn, Chief Energy Officer

    zoom October 29, 2020 12:00 pm

    Scott Glenn, Chief Energy Officer at Hawaii State Energy Office, joined WiRE as part of our Talk Story Series to answer some rapid-fire questions from Jordan Little, Senior Manager at Pacific Current, and discuss his 30 day, 6 month and 3 year plans for the State Energy Office.

    October 29th 
    12:00-12:45 pm

     

     

    This session is part of a series of virtual conversations with leaders working on creating a future powered by renewable energy. Continuing through the end of the year, each 45-minute Zoom session will spotlight one leader who will share a personal glimpse into their leadership and career journey as well as their vision for our collective clean energy future.
    We know that many of you are juggling multiple priorities and may be feeling fatigue with video conferencing and webinars. That’s why we’re taking a refreshed approach with these sessions to offer a more personal, informal, and shorter dialogue to re-energize your work and re-connect with fellow WiRE members.

  • WiRE Talk Story Session: Scott Seu, President & CEO of Hawaiian Electric

    Zoom September 25, 2020 12:00 am

    Scott Seu, President & CEO of Hawaiian Electric joined WiRE as part of our Talk Story series to share a personal glimpse into his leadership and career journey and vision for our collective clean energy future.

  • Duarte Resonate Presentation Workshop

    Zoom August 27, 2020 9:00 am

    WiRE members gathered for 2 half day sessions to learn about storytelling and effective communication through the Duarte Resonate Presentation Workshop. Regardless of individual specialties in the renewable energy landscape, we recognize the importance of effective communication and storytelling.

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    Delivered live in four 90-minute sessions over two consecutive days, this highly interactive online learning experience keeps participants engaged and helps learning stick.

    About Resonate:

    For 30 years we researched history’s most effective speakers and speeches and created presentations for some of the world’s biggest companies. We found that transformational presentations use story principles. From those insights, we developed a persuasive presentation course to teach you how to resonate with your audience. During this instructor-led training, you’ll learn to apply lessons from story and cinema to structure your presentation, grab your audience’s attention, and initiate action.

     

    *Seats will fill up quickly. If you are unable to register, please email wire[at]hawaiiwire.org to add your name to the waitlist.

  • First Friday Dim Sum Lunch

    Mandalay Restaurant, 1055 Alakea Street, Honolulu, HI 96813 August 7, 2020 12:00 am

    Please join us for an informal networking dim sum lunch at Mandalay Restaurant in downtown Honolulu every first Friday of the month. Advance registration required.

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  • WiRE Talk Story Sessions: Representative Nicole Lowen

    Zoom August 5, 2020 12:00 pm

    On August 5, 12:00-12:45pm we hosted our first virtual Talk Story Session with Representative Nicole Lowen, Chair of the House Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection in the Hawaii State Legislature. We learned about her childhood and international background and vision for the next 60 days, 6 months and 6 years.

    Talk Story with Rep. Lowen
    Rep. Nicole Lowen

    We’re excited to announce WiRE Talk Story Sessions, a series of virtual conversations with leaders in Hawaii and across the country working on creating a future powered by renewable energy. Launched in August, and continuing through the end of 2020, each 45-minute Zoom session will spotlight one leader who will share a personal glimpse into their leadership and career journey as well as their vision for our collective clean energy future.

    We know that many of you are juggling multiple priorities and may be feeling fatigue with video conferencing and webinars. That’s why we’re taking a refreshed approach with these sessions to offer a more personal, informal, and shorter dialogue to re-energize your work and re-connect with fellow WiRE members.

  • Recover to YOU! Webinar

    Zoom May 14, 2020 2:00 pm
    WiRE hosted our first virtual event due to the impacts of COVID-19 called Recover to YOU! A restorative virtual workshop led by Executive Coach Sydney Wiecking on Thursday, May 14th from 2:00 – 3:00pm.

     

    As women, our natural default tendency is to turn outward to care for others. We are called to be at our best every moment of every day, and often nights.  What does it mean to “be at our best”?  What do we need to sustain our own mental, physical and spiritual health?
    Each person will also complete the call with two commitments to their own self-care and recovery.

     

    About Sydney:
    Sydney is a professional leadership coach and trainer. Her passion for working with individuals and teams as they navigate change personally and professionally provides her with an opportunity to work globally, experiencing and learning from a diversity of cultures. Sydney is on the faculty of the Coaches Training Institute, leading their public and corporate coach training courses and certification program. Sydney’s work in leadership development and change management includes clients in the non-profit, for-profit, education and government sectors.

     

    Sydney Wiecking | Co-Active Training

  • WiRE Breakfast March 4: Balance at the Intersection of Land, Clean Energy and Indigeneity

    Plaza Club March 4, 2020 8:00 am

    On March 4, 2020 WiRE hosted a breakfast and panel discussion with local leaders to explore their organizations’ priorities, their vision of Hawaii’s energy future and discuss how communities, industry and decision makers may best come together at ‘intersections’ to develop trusted partnerships and facilitate the planning and implementation of projects. More than 60 WiRE members joined the conversation.

    Moderator:

    • Ulalia Woodside, Executive Director, The Nature Conservancy of Hawai’i

    The panelists include:

    • Laurien “Lala” Nuss, Climate Resilience & Equity Manager OCCSR
    • Stephany Vaioleti, Accessibility and Affordability Manager, Hawaii Energy
    • Chris Yunker, Energy Systems and Planning Program Manager, Hawaii State Energy Office

    Hawaii is a global thought-leader, forging ahead with the transformation of our energy future to one that is clean, resilient and equitable. A big step toward achieving these goals occurs with the implementation of projects that are in alignment with community priorities and vision. Finding balance at the Intersection of Land, Clean Energy and Indigeneity is critical to maintaining a path forward toward our transformative energy future.

  • WiRE Holiday Pau Hana

    Gordon Biersch of Honolulu, 3 Aloha Tower Drive Suite 1123 Honolulu, HI 96813 December 17, 2019 5:00 pm
    Eat, Drink, and Be Merry with WiRE!
    Join us for the annual WiRE Holiday Party on December 17 at 5:00 PM at Gordon Biersch.  Join us to network with fellow WiRE members, as we come together to reflect on 2019 and look ahead to 2020. All attending will also receive a special holiday gift.
    Tuesday, December 17 at 5:00 – 7:00 PM at Gordon Biersch, Aloha Tower Marketplace

     

    • WiRE Members: $25
    • Non-members: $35

     

    No host bar. Heavy pupu included.

  • Climate Reality Through the Lens of Al Gore’s Trained Leaders

    PLAZA CLUB, 900 FORT STREET MALL #2000, HONOLULU, HI 96813 September 25, 2019 11:30 am
    On September 25, 2019, WiRE hosted a lunch and a panel discussion with local leaders trained by Former U.S. Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore on the reality of our climate crisis and related solutions pertaining to clean energy, resilience, emergency response, and climate equity. (more…)
  • Join the WiRE Executive Board

    August 9, 2019 12:00 am

    UPDATE: Board nominations for 2019 are now closed.

    Previous call for nominations:

    We are happy to announce that we are expanding the WiRE Executive Board and are looking for passionate individuals who are interested in joining our current working board of dedicated women.

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  • Hawaii’s EoT – How far have we come and where are we headed?

    PLAZA CLUB, 900 FORT STREET MALL #2000, HONOLULU, HI 96813 July 19, 2019 8:00 am
    On July 19, WiRE heard from local experts about how Hawaii is electrifying transportation. Over breakfast, we took a deep dive into Hawaiian Electric’s Electrification of Transportation (EoT) Strategic Roadmap. We also found out more about how the Hawaii State Energy Office is utilizing funds from the Volkswagen settlement to facilitate public transit or school bus electrification projects and got insight into how Hawaii’s market for EV charging infrastructure is expanding. Panelists included:

    • Amber Stone, Vice President of Business Development, Aloha Charge
    • Margaret Larson, Transportation Energy Analyst, Hawaii State Energy Office, DBEDT
    • Tandy Tabata, Senior Program Manager for Electrification of Transportation, Hawaiian Electric
  • 5 Little-Known Secrets of Mid-Career Success

    PLAZA CLUB, 900 FORT STREET MALL #2000, HONOLULU, HI 96813 June 21, 2019 11:30 am

    On June 21, WiRE hosted a luncheon and workshop led by the author of the best-selling “Powerful Choices for Mid-Career Women” Dr. Phyllis Horner to offer WiRE members mid-career must-knows for long-term success. (more…)

  • 2019 Legislative Session Debrief

    PLAZA CLUB, 900 FORT STREET MALL #2000, HONOLULU, HI 96813 May 24, 2019 8:00 am
    Back by popular demand, WiRE hosted the 2019 legislative session debrief on May 24th. The panel discussion explored key renewable energy, energy efficiency, and clean transportation policies considered during the session.

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  • Exploring Hawaii’s Bioeconomy

    PLAZA CLUB, 900 FORT STREET MALL #2000, HONOLULU, HI 96813 April 30, 2019 11:30 am
    On April 30th, WiRE hosted a lunch with local experts about Hawaii’s expanding bioeconomy, including opportunities, challenges and future plans.  We took a dive into the development of Hawaii’s first waste water renewable natural gas facility.

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  • Maui WiRE Innovation Pau Hana

    Maui Arts and Cultural Center March 28, 2019 4:30 pm
    On March 28, 2019, we hosted a WiRE Innovation Pau Hana gathering in Maui following the Hawaii Energy Conference  at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.

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  • Beyond Photovoltaics and Batteries: Exploring Hydrogen and Other Energy Solutions to Drive the Transition to a Sustainable Future

    PLAZA CLUB, 900 FORT STREET MALL #2000, HONOLULU, HI 96813 February 8, 2019 8:00 am

    WiRE hosted a breakfast on February 8, 2019, which was a discussion with local experts exploring the role of hydrogen in the transition to clean energy and clean transportation. (more…)

  • Creating a Resilient Hawaii

    Plaza Club, 900 Fort Street Mall #2000, Honolulu, HI 96813 November 13, 2018 11:00 am

    Please join us for lunch on November 13th to hear from leading experts about Hawaii’s resiliency efforts in the face of threats from climate change.
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  • Student C3E Symposium Scholarship

    October 10, 2018 5:00 pm
    We are honored to announce the Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE) Student C3E Symposium Scholarship providing two outstanding women students the opportunity to participate in the invitation-only Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Symposium on December 3-4, 2018 at Stanford University in California.

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  • Broadband in Hawaii

    Plaza Club, 900 Fort Street Mall, 20th Floor Honolulu, HI 96813 July 20, 2018 8:00 am
    WiRE hosted a breakfast panel on Friday, July 20th from 8:00-9:30 AM to discuss broadband in Hawaii.

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  • 2018 Legislative Session Debrief

    Plaza Club, 900 Fort Street Mall, 20th Floor Honolulu, HI 96813 May 25, 2018 11:30 am
    On May 25th, WiRE held a debrief of the 2018 legislative session. We explored key renewable energy, energy efficiency, and clean transportation policies considered during the session.

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  • WiRE Pau Hana with Executive Chairman of SoftBank Energy

    Plaza Club, 900 Fort Street Mall, 20th Floor Honolulu, HI 96813 April 4, 2018 5:00 pm
    In April 2018, WiRE hosted a pau hana and an insightful discussion with SoftBank Energy’sExecutive Chairman Manoj Kohli about their goal to build the largest solar company in the world by 2020.
  • Maui WiRE Pau Hana

    Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Morgado Hall One Cameron Way, Kahului, HI 96732 March 15, 2018 4:30 pm

    Maui WiRE hosted a pau hana gathering following the Maui Energy Conference on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. (more…)

  • Critical Cyberinfrastructure Risks and Technologies in a Changing World

    Plaza Club, 900 Fort Street Mall, 20th Floor Honolulu, HI 96813 February 27, 2018 7:30 am

    On February 27th, WiRE hosted a dynamic breakfast event exploring critical cyberinfrastructure risks and new technologies in a changing world. We discussed how machine learning, data analytics, and collaboration between utilities, industry, and universities can develop solutions. (more…)

  • The State and Future of Firm Renewables in Hawaii

    Plaza Club January 26, 2018 11:00 am
    On January 26, 2018, WiRE hosted an insightful discussion on the state and future of firm renewable energy (including biogas, geothermal and biofuels) in Hawaii. (more…)