HEPF at the Hawaii Energy Conference
HEPF was a sponsor of the Hawaii Energy Conference held on March 27-28, 2019. Over 300 energy stakeholders met for thought-provoking dialogue on energy policy. This year’s theme was “Innovation in Practice.” HEPF hosted an outreach booth to highlight the Forum’s activities and resources. Participants were also asked to provide their thoughts on two questions: “What are the most pressing energy issues facing Hawaii in the next few years? What energy issues would benefit from more discussion amongst Hawaii stakeholders and mainland experts?” Common themes that arose from students include climate change and public awareness. Energy stakeholders focused more on technical issues and solutions such as pricing mechanisms, modernizing grid infrastructure, land-use considerations, and data access and analysis. Clean transportation and equity (creating access for all customers and reducing cross-subsidization) were issues raised amongst all respondents.