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Energy conference set for June 22, 24

The Maui News

With in-person gatherings still limited due to COVID-19, the 8th Hawaii Energy Conference will be held virtually on June 22 and 24, organizers announced.

Presented by the Maui Economic Development Board and supported by the County of Maui Office of Economic Development, the annual conference draws energy industry leaders from Hawaii, the Continental U.S., Japan and Europe to exchange ideas on how to better serve the community in today’s rapidly changing power generation and delivery environment.

“In Hawaii we are approaching the renewable energy ‘tipping point’ where most of the daytime energy on the grid comes from renewable energy,” said Doug McLeod, chairman of the Hawaii Energy Conference Program Committee. “2021 promises to be another year of big change in the energy sector both in Hawaii and the rest of the nation.”

This year’s theme is “Energy Transition in Hawaii: Focus on investments in people and projects” and will feature keynotes, panel discussions, interviews and exhibits over the course of two days.

Every community faces similar challenges on how to invest in people while designing energy projects that are financially viable, resilient and enhance job skills.

“Hawaii faces increased conflict in siting utility-scale energy projects – a challenge shared by many communities in the U.S.,” said Frank De Rego Jr., director of business development projects for MEDB and vice-chairman of the program committee. “For many consumers, the essential question is, ‘When will all of us experience the tangible benefits of the new energy transition?’ Good question.”

The conference will also include a virtual exhibit hall for companies to showcase their products and services and connect with attendees. Networking has been a key feature of the conference since its inception in 2014, and the virtual platform will be open in advance.

More details on the program and speakers will be released in the coming months.

For more information, visit www.hawaiienergyconference.com.

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