2018 Energy Conference

Decarbonization: A Business Opportunity for Innovative Communities

2018 marks a year of milestones as we celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Maui Energy Conference and the 10th Anniversary of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative. Hawaii led the way in setting a 100% Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). Did we set the right targets? What can we learn from energy leaders from around the globe?

Decarbonization presents innovative communities, from Hawaii to New York, with new business opportunities. The conference will explore possibilities including: voluntary and mandatory options for reducing carbon; what a decarbonized grid looks like; the utility business model best suited to reach carbon reduction goals; curtailing carbon emissions in the transportation sector; the role of agriculture in a carbon reduction strategy; and more.

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PROGRAM

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PHOTOS & VIDEOS

Photos Day 1, Wed Mar 14

Photos Day 2, Thurs, Mar 15

Videos – Day 1, Wed Mar 14

Videos – Day 2, Thurs Mar 15

PRESENTATIONS

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DAY 1 | Wednesday, March 14, 2018

KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Hawaii as a Climate Leader
Introduction by Doug McLeod, Chair, Conference Program Committee
Representative Chris Lee, Chair, House Committee on Energy and Environmental, State of Hawaii

THE LIMITS OF THE HAWAII CLEAN ENERGY INITIATIVE (no slides)
Moderated by William Giese, Executive Director, Hawaii Solar Energy Association
Hermina Morita, Energy Dynamics
Alan Oshima, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hawaiian Electric Company
Gerald Sumida, Partner, Carlsmith Ball LLP

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES CREATED BY HCEI
Moderated by Luis Salaveria, Director, Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, State of Hawaii | (video)
Kyle Datta, General Partner, Ulupono Initiative
Dawn Lippert, Chief Executive Officer, Elemental Excelerator | (video)
Wren Wescoatt, Principal, 7 Generation Consulting

CONVERGENCE: HOW IT ALL COMES TOGETHER
Moderated by Scott Seu, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Hawaiian Electric Company
Stacey Crowley, Vice President, Regional and Federal Affairs, California Independent System Operator Corporation (CAISO)
Martha Symko-Davies, Laboratory Program Manager, Energy Systems Integration, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Mike Yamane, Chief of Operations, Kauai Island Utility Cooperative

HAWAII ENERGY VIDEO: REDUCING CARBON THROUGH ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Presented by Caroline Carl, Deputy Director, Hawaii Energy

STORAGE TECHNOLOGIES: A REVIEW OF ALL THE OPTIONS
Moderated by Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO, Energy Storage Association
Mark Stout, Vice President, Project Development, Amber Kinetics
Boris von Bormann, CEO, Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas, LLC
Jon Yoshimura, Pacific Market Development, Tesla

ANALYSIS: UTILITY PV CUSTOMERS RESPOND TO EVOLVING DISTRIBUTED ENERGY RESOURCE POLICIES
Presented by Luis Salaveria, Director, Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism, State of Hawaii and Eugene Tian, Chief Economist, State of Hawaii

REGULATING CARBON: THE BEST SOLUTIONS
Moderated by Matthew McDonnell, Commission Counsel, Hawaii Public Utilities Commission
Sonia Aggarwal, Vice President, Energy Innovation
Doug McLeod, Chair, Conference Program Committee
Chris Lee, Chair, House Committee on Energy and Environmental, State of Hawaii

CARBON AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY: WHAT IS THE CONNECTION?
Moderated by Jennifer Potter, Project Specialist, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute
Chris Badger, Senior Consultant, Vermont Energy Investment Co.
Caroline Carl, Deputy Director, Hawaii Energy
Carilyn Shon, Administrator, Hawaii State Energy Office

DAY 2 | Thursday, March 15, 2018

INVITED PRESENTATION | Maui Energy Conference—5 Years Later
Introduction by Frank De Rego Jr, Director of Business Development Projects, Maui Economic Development Board, Inc. and Vice Chair, Conference Program Committee
Alice Madden, Executive Director, Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources and former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy

DECARBONIZING TRANSPORTATION
Moderated by Brennon Morioka, ‎General Manager of Electrification of Transportation, ‎Hawaiian Electric Company
David Graham, Deputy Chief Operation Officer, Neighborhood Services, City of San Diego
Michael Hansen, President, Hawaii Shippers Council
David Snyder, Executive Director, California Bicycle Coalition

CASE STUDY: BALANCING EVS AND THE HIGHWAY FUND
Presented by Murray Clay, Managing Partner, Ulupono Initiative

REVERSE PITCH SESSION
Hosted by Aki Marceau, Director of Policy & Community Hawaii, Elemental Excelerator and Fred Redell, Energy Commissioner, Office of Economic Development, County of Maui

INNOVATIVE COMMUNITIES CREATE A ROADMAP TO DECARBONIZATION
Moderated by Frank De Rego Jr., Director of Business Development Projects, Maui Economic Development Board, Inc.; Vice Chair, Conference Program Committee
Robert Mould, Energy Program Manager, City and County of Honolulu
Lucinda Smith, Environmental Services Department Director, City of Fort Collins
Ben Sullivan, Energy Coordinator, County of Kauai

INTERNATIONAL LESSONS IN CARBON REDUCTION
Moderated by John (J.C.) Thomas, Director of External Affairs, Sempra Infrastructure
Jeremy Martin, Vice President Energy & Sustainability, Institute of the Americas
Sarah Moe, Senior Consultant, Sustainable Buildings & Communities, DNV GL Energy Services
Takashi Ohara, Deputy Manager, Tokyo Electric Power Company Ltd

CARBON FARMING AND ENERGY CROPS
Moderated by Rick Volner, General Manager of Diversified Agriculture, Alexander & Baldwin
Susan Crow, Asst. Professor, Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Management, University of Hawaii, Manoa
Charlotte O’Brien, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Carbon Drawdown Solutions
Fred Redell, Energy Commissioner, Office of Economic Development, County of Maui

CASE STUDY: MAXIMIZE ENERGY STORAGE VALUE WITH ADVANCED CONTROL AND OPTIMIZATION TOOLS
Presented by Patrick Lee, Vice President, Sempra Infrastructures; President, PXiSE Energy Solutions

MODERATED DISCUSSION: IS HAWAII’S 100% RPS WORTH THE COST? (no slides)
Moderated by Gavin Bade, Senior Reporter, Utility Dive
Jeffrey Mikulina, Executive Director, Blue Planet Foundation
Richard Rocheleau, Director, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute

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Program Committee

Lisa Briggs | Director Government Affairs, Sempra U.S. Gas & Power
Colton Ching | Vice President, Energy Delivery, Hawaiian Electric
Frank De Rego Jr. | Director of Business Development Projects, Maui Economic Development Board, Inc.
James “Jay” Griffin | Assistant Researcher, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute
Jonathan Koehn | Regional Sustainability Coordinator, City of Boulder
Doug McLeod | Chair, Conference Program Committee
Sebastian “Bash” Nola | Utility Consultant and former So. Cal. Edison Executive
Dave Parsons | Chief of Policy and Research, Hawaii Public Utilities Commission
Frederick Redell | Energy Commissioner, Maui County Office Of Economic Development

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