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Hawai‘i Energy Conference 2020

Wednesday, Mar 18 2020, 7:00 AM
Thursday, Mar 19 2020, 7:00 AM

The 2020 Hawai‘i Energy Conference will explore the timely issues of beneficial electrification and the design of an equitable energy transition.

Participants will take a deep dive into how electrification can be beneficial. As more functions are served by electricity, demand for it will rise. This opens pathways for more deployment of renewable generation, which supports the ambitious decarbonization goals that state legislatures are enacting.

What are the benefits, challenges, and practical limits of electrification? Given the wildfire issues affecting the Western United States, will there be the same access to electricity for those who cannot afford microgrids or DERs? Can an electrified system be more resilient and efficient? What are the alternatives to electrification? How can we break through economic, cultural, and linguistic barriers to ensure that we have an energy system that works for everyone? Where should we invest and put equity into equity? What does an equitable energy transition look like? Is it possible to create a transition that respects local cultures, is socially just, and protects our most vulnerable?

These topics are not unique to Hawai‘i, so whether you live on an island or not, please join us on Maui as we explore pathways to creating an equitable, resilient energy system of the future. 

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