2008 Kaua’i Energy Conference

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Presented by Kaua`i Economic Development Board in Partnership with the United States Department of Energy, County of Kaua`i Office of Economic Development, and Kaua`i Island Utility Cooperative

Mahalo to everyone who attended the 2008 Kaua`i Renewable Energy Conference, and mahalo to all the speakers, sponsors, and coordinators of this call to action for our county.
Please check back periodically for more updates and next steps. In the meantime, here are links for handouts, post-event media coverage, speaker PowerPoint Presentations, and other information from the Conference.

LIST OF CONFERENCE SPONSORSMahalo to all of our generous sponsors!


Energy Solutions Main Focus” (The Garden Island Newspaper, 09/09/08)
Political Will Problem, Panel Says” (The Garden Island Newspaper, 09/10/08)
Work Toward Renewable Energy on Kaua`i Detailed (The Honolulu Advertiser, 09/10/08)
Energy Conference Generates Excitement” (Kauai People Weekly Newspaper, 09/17/08)

Day One: Monday, September 8, 2008

Morning Keynote Speaker
Maurice Kaya, Strategic Energy & Management Consultant and Former Chief Technology Officer for Hawai`i DBEDT

Panel 1:

Christopher J. Benjamin, Senior Vice President & CFO, Alexander & Baldwin, Inc.
Bill Cowern, President, Hawaiian Mahogany (Partnering with Green Energy Hawai`i LLC)
Captain Aaron L. Cudnohufsky, United States Navy, Commanding Officer at Pacific Missile Range Facility
Randall Hee, President & Chief Executive Officer, Kaua`i Island Utility Cooperative
D. Noelani Kalipi, Director of Government & Community Relations, First Wind
E. Alan Kennett, President & General Manager, Gay & Robinson Inc.
Mike Tresler, Senior Vice President, Grove Farm Company
Dr. Paul S. Zorner, Ph.D., President & Chief Executive Officer, Hawaii BioEnergy LLC

Luncheon Keynote
Bill Parks, Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Electricity & Energy Reliability, U.S. Department of Energy

Panel 2:

D. Noelani Kalipi, Director of Government & Community Relations, First Wind
William Milks, Former Executive Director for Hawai`i Division of Consumer Advocacy (No PPT available)
Dr. Charles L. Morgan, Environmental Planner, Planning Solutions, Inc.State Representative
Mina Morita, Chair of the Hawai`i House Committee on Energy and Environment
Theodore Peck, Manager-Energy Planning & Policy Branch, Hawai`i Dept of Business, Economic Dev’t & Tourism

Additional Resources and Links
“Obstacles in Hawai`i Laws to Implementation of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Resources – A Review of Hawai`i’s State and County Laws”
Prepared for the Hawaii Energy Policy Forum by Carl Freedman of Haiku Design & Analysis, December 28, 2007

Panel 3:

Paul Bierman-Lytle, Principal & Chief Sustainability Officer, Group 70 International
(Part 1 (Slides 1-15), Part 2 (Slides 16-31))
Miles Kubo, President, Energy Industries
Ray Mierta, Manager-Energy Services, Kaua`i Island Utility Cooperative
Douglas Sears, General Manager, Grand Hyatt Kaua`i Resort & Spa


Day Two, Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Morning Keynote
Jennifer Goto Sabas, Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye
(No PPT available)

Panel 1:

Pete Cooper, Global Development, Better PlaceJon Hurwitch, Executive Vice President—New & Diversified Business, Sentech Inc.
(Part 1 (Slides 1-21), Part 2 (Slides 22-42))
Bruce Norman, General Manager—Controls Product Management, GE EnergyScott Thigpen, Senior Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton

Summary of Findings Session
Conducted by Maurice Kaya and Bill Parks
(No PPT available)
(Video and summary TBA)

Luncheon Keynote
State Senator Gary L. Hooser, Hawai`i Senate Majority Leaders and Vice Chair of the State Senate Committee on Energy & Environment (no PPT available)