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Meeting to Focus on Big Island’s Energy Future

September 14, 2016, 9:01 AM HST
* Updated September 14, 9:05 AM
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The public is invited to join the discussion at this month’s West Hawaii Forum on Sept. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the West Hawaii Civic Center, Council Chambers

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. This program is free and open to the public.

The meeting will explore varying energy visions with top stakeholders in a post-NextEra Hawai‘i.

Experts in the energy field (see below) will explain their visions and plans for the next five years of Hawai‘i’s 30-year path to a clean and independent energy future.

Learn how Hawai‘i could achieve its 100% renewable energy goal by 2045 and how those plans may affect you.

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In advance of the forum, send questions or concerns for the energy experts (scroll to bottom of the page).

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Topics

  • What economic and environmental benefits can we expect when Hawai‘i’s energy needs are met through locally produced clean energy?
  • Is it possible for all ground and marine transportation to be electrified or powered by renewable hydrogen or renewable biofuels?
  • Of Hawai‘i’s top 250 companies, five are solar contractors that generated $140 million in 2015 and are the economic drivers of several thousand local jobs.
  • What does the future hold for rooftop solar?

Forum Presenters

  • Jay Ignacio, President of Hawai‘i Electric Company (HELCO)
  • Isacc Moriwake, Esq., Earthjustice, Mid-Pacific Office, Hawai‘i
  • Marco Mangelsdorf, Hawai‘i Island Energy Cooperative (HIEC)

Forum Moderator

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Henry Curtis, Illana Media, Hawai‘i

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