The Ninth Annual Hawaii Energy Conference will convene virtually on May 10 and 12, focused on the electrification of Hawaii’s power grids and transportation infrastructure.
Sponsored by the Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB), and supported by Maui County, the conference will bring together a broad spectrum of key movers in Hawaii’s energy industry to share insights and strengthen the professional community.
“The audience is diverse,” said Frank Rego director of business development projects, MEDB, and conference program committee co-chair, in an exchange with PBN. “It includes energy professionals and developers, policy makers, decision makers in private industry and government, environmentalists, community activists and more. It attracts a local, national, and international audience.”
Conference attendees will wrestle with the opportunities and challenges of electrifying homes, offices, industries, and transportation.
“There is no doubt that the push to electrification will affect our way of life,” said Rego in a statement. “A study by Princeton University predicts that by 2050 electrifying transport and buildings could double the amount of electricity consumption in the U.S. Our communities will need to develop disciplined, proportional responses to the challenges electrification poses. Strategies for energy efficiency and the equitable distribution of electrification’s benefits must balance building capacity for increased consumption.”
Sponsors of the Energy Conference include the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, Hawaiian Electric, Ulopono Initiative, Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, Elemental Excelerator, infrastructure company Burns & McDonnell, G70, Hawaii Gas, Canadian energy developer Innergex and U.S. energy producer AES.
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