Meetings set for future utility ownership in county

The Maui News – Per direction by the state Legislature, hearings on future electric utility ownership models for each island in Maui County will be held Monday to Wednesday on each island.

London Economics International and Meister Consultants Group, under the direction of the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, are holding the hearings as part of the study. Residents will get to share their thoughts on the future of utility ownership and the role the utility plays in achieving community and state goals.

Currently, Maui Electric Co., a subsidiary of Hawaiian Electric Co., provides power to Maui County.

The meetings will be held Monday at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku, Tuesday at the Mitchell Pauole Center Main Hall in Kaunakakai, and Wednesday at the Lanai Community Center in Lanai City. All meetings run from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

RSVP is requested for those attending: For the Maui event, go to www.eventbrite.com/e/community-discussion-on-electric-utility-ownership-models-wailuku-tickets-38230458330; the Molokai event, www.eventbrite.com/e/community-discussion-on-electric-utility-ownership-kaunakakai-tickets-38231111283; and the Lanai event, www.eventbrite.com/e/community-discussion-on-electric-utility-ownership-models-lanai-city-tickets-38401732616.

Those unable to participate in person may submit feedback by emailing dbedt.utilitybizmodstudy@hawaii.gov, which also is the email for more information. Light refreshments will be served.


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