Electric companies to hold conference in March at MACC

Maui Electric, Hawaiian Electric and Hawaiian Electric Light companies are hosting a conference March 26-28 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center to talk about the changing energy landscape in the islands and its impacts.

Registration is $395.

Partners of the event, “Electric Utilities: The Future Is Not What It Used To Be,” include the Maui Economic Development Board, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission and the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development.

Colton Ching, vice president of energy delivery at Hawaiian Electric Co., said the conference will discuss issues that Mainland utility operators do not have to face, such as isolated power grids.

“There are a lot of smart people out there in the industry, and they can bring to the table very good technical ideas, very good regulatory ideas, (and) very good customer ideas that we can benefit from,” Ching said in a news release.

Keynote speakers are Ron Binz, former chief of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, and Constance Lau, president and chief executive officer of Hawaiian Electric Industries.

The events begin about 8 a.m. and end in the late afternoon on March 26 and 27. March 28 will include optional field tours.

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