“Electric Utilities: The Future Is Not What It Used To Be” will be held March 26-28, 2014, at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Conference organizers have confirmed keynote presentations from Constance Lau, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (HEI) , and Ron Binz, former chief of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. The conference will welcome nationally recognized energy policy leaders and businesses to talk openly and frankly about the country’s rapidly changing energy landscape and its implications for power utilities, policymakers and consumers.
“Maui is an ideal location for this conference,” said Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa. “We are on the cutting edge of renewable energy growth, but we’re also experiencing some growing pains. In a few short years, we now have 5,000 PV systems on island of 150,000 people, we have three wind farms now feeding power into the island’s electric grid, but our residents do not feel that the benefits and costs of renewable energy are allocated in a way that is sustainable.”
“Our goal in this conference is to gather those most knowledgeable about new models and new ways of thinking about how you provide electricity to the public,” Mayor Arakawa said. “Together, we can find answers that truly benefit our island community, allowing utilities to provide reliable power service while treating ratepayers fairly and equitably.”
“The Maui Economic Development Board is pleased to partner in this event that will draw some of the best minds in this important topic,” MEDB President and CEO Jeanne Skog said. “As Maui County continues to move aggressively toward clean energy goals, this dialogue will contribute to creating new template for how utilities best serve our residents.”
Conference partners include Hawaiian Electric, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, the Maui Economic Development Board and the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. The conference registration fee is $395. Limited sponsorship opportunities range from $500 to $25,000. To learn more, go to www.hightechmaui.com/energyconference.