Since 2005 the Hawaii Energy Policy Forum (HEPF) has organized an annual Legislative Energy Briefing in January to provide an update on the status of the State’s clean energy situation and to provide recommendations for the upcoming legislative session. The session is sponsored by the State’s Senate Energy & Environment Committee and the House Energy & Environmental Protection Committees. The following are archives of briefing agendas, notes, presentations, and other media if available.
1:05pm Keynote Panel
1:55pm What We Need To Get Where We Want To Go
2:00pm Panel Presentation: State
Foci: 1) What must state government do to become resilient and sustainable to meet the challenges of climate change? And 2) What are the plans of key state agencies and what are they doing?
3:00pm Panel Presentation: Counties
Foci: 1) What must county government do to become resilient and sustainable to meet the challenges of climate change? And 2) What are the counties’ plan(s) and what are they doing?
3:45pm Closing Presentation
Agenda: At the Crossroads of Food, Fuel, & the Future of Hawaiʻi, April 3rd, 2017, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Hawaii State Capitol Conference Rm. 225
1:00pm – Sign-in & Project Mapping
1:30pm – Welcome
1:35pm – Scenesetter
1:50pm – Overview of Green Initiative for Fuels Transition Resolution – Mr. Carl Campagna
1:55pm – Introductions and Moderated Town Hall
2:30pm – Q&A
2:55pm – Closing Remarks
3:00pm – Pau
Agenda: Storing for Hawaiʻi’s Future: The Status and Future of Energy Storage, Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 9:00am – 10:30am, State Capitol Auditorium, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi
9:00am – Welcome
9:05am – Opening Comments
Why Storage? Hawaiʻi’s Needs and Challenges and the Technologies for Review, Frederick Redell, Maui County Energy Commissioner Watch on YouTube
9:15am – Panel Presentation
Storing for the Future: The Technologies, Status of Development, Cost and Benefits, and Value to Hawaiʻi:
10:15am – Discussion, Q&A with the Speakers Watch on YouTube
10:25am – Closing Remarks, Senator Lorraine Inouye Watch on YouTube
10:30am – Pau
Agenda: Finding Continuity: Whatever Happened To….? , January 12, 1:30pm-4:00pm, State Capitol Auditorium, Honololu, Hawaiʻi
1:30pm – Opening
2:15pm – Keynote Presentation
What’s Happening on the National Scene & What Does It Mean for Hawaiʻi?
2:35pm – Panel Presentation
Finding Continuity: Whatever Happened To…? and What’s Next For…? · Watch on YouTube
3:45pm – Closing Presentation
Beyond the Sound Bite: Legislation that Matters · Watch on YouTube
3:55pm – Final Words
Jay Fidell, TTH · Watch on YouTube
4:00pm – Pau
Furthering the Forum’s mission of enlightening decision-makers and the public on ways to achieve the preferred energy vision of our Ten-Point Plan, the Forum sought to bring policymakers, energy stakeholders, and the public together to address issues of significance in advancing clean energy. Begun in 2009, it continues to address issues, challenges and opportunities in clean energy development. The event highlights include an annual update on what’s happening in clean energy development; issues and controversies that require our attention; exhibits showcasing their products and services; and opportunities for networking.
To extend its outreach to the broader public, the Hawaii Energy Forum sought and created its first documentary video, ”Hawaii’s Climate Crisis,” broadcast on KHON in 2008. The video aimed to raise public awareness of the climate and energy crisis, and to inform on clean energy initiatives – what’s being done and how they can take action to be part of the solution. Its success led to the decision to update the public on issues, challenges and developments in clean energy through television and radio broadcasts.
Beginning in 2011, partnering with Hawaii News Now, the Hawaii Energy Policy Forum produced and broadcast “Hawaii: The State of Clean Energy” television series (two seasons, ten shows) to inform and engage the public on energy issues, challenges, and actions to advance Hawaii’s clean energy future.
Beginning in December 2012, The Hawaii Energy Policy Forum partnered with ThinkTechHawaii to produce a weekly “Hawaii: The State of Clean Energy” radio series to inform and engage the public on energy issues, challenges, and actions to advance Hawaii’s clean energy future. Since 2014, its weekly series is live streamed and on television stations OC16 and Olelo.
The Hawaii Energy Policy Forum has conducted briefings to 1) inform and enlighten decision-makers and the public on ways to achieve the vision and goals of the Ten-Point Plan; and 2) encourage and engage the community to act on policies and programs to advance clean energy. Since 2005, the Forum has been involved in a wide range of energy policy and planning activities such as facilitating dialogues to develop policy recommendations; partnering with other organizations to inform and educate on critical energy issues and developments; and sharing and disseminating results of research and other reports of importance to advancing clean energy. The following are archives of briefing agendas, notes, presentations, and other media if available.
Topic(s): Clean Energy Efforts in the Department of Defense
Topic(s): Assessing the Potential of Geothermal and Biofuels in Meeting our Renewable Energy Goals (RPS Standards)
Topic(s): Big Wind and Distributed Generation PV
Topic(s): Energy Security & Costs (Hawaiian Business Conference & Economic Expo)
Topic(s): The Hawaii Bioenergy Master Plan
Topic(s): Statewide Renewable Resources & The Interisland Cable System
Topic(s): Hawaii Energy Building Codes & Fuel Security and The Biofuels Transition
Topic(s): Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative: Answers to Questions from the Hawaii Energy Policy Forum
Topic(s): Hawaii’s Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI)
Topic(s): Public/Private Strategies to Promote Commercialization of Renewable Energy Technologies
Topic(s): Sustainable Energy for an Island State: Hawaii’s Efforts in Meeting the Challenges to Achieve “Smart Energy Solutions to Sustain a Healthy, Prosperous and Secure Hawaii.”
Topic(s): Hawaii’s Pathway to Energy Independence: Bioenergy Opportunities from the Federal Perspective – A Briefing with Chairman Collin Peterson, Committee on Agriculture, U. S. House of Representatives.
Topic(s): Executive Energy Briefing: Learn How to Lead Your Company in the New Energy Era
The Forum has co-sponsored and participated in other events that support clean energy as opportunities to share in advancing mutual interests.
The Forum, in response to HCR 195 (2006), coordinated and co-sponsored the Hawaii Agriculture Bioenergy Workshop to explore the potential for a domestic bioenergy and biofuels future. Co-sponsors were: DBEDT/U.S. Department of Energy, Hawaiian Electric Company, Hawai‘i Agricultural Leadership Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, UH College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources and Hawai‘i Natural Energy Institute. The goals of this workshop were to inform stakeholders about recent legislation, publicize federal and state incentives and funding opportunities, increase collaboration and develop action steps to encourage bioenergy crop production. Participants include farmers, landowners, the business community, renewable energy advocates and others who seek to stimulate expansion of Hawaii’s bioenergy industry.
The Hawaii Energy Policy Forum convened an Energy Policy Summit on December 2-3, 2003 to obtain input from the broader community of energy stakeholders to develop a feasible implementation plan to achieve the energy vision. Presented at the Summit were energy studies commissioned by the Hawaii Energy Policy Forum during the past year.Attendees heard and discussed the study results and developed recommendations which are provided recommendations. Three cross-cutting themes emerged:1) Use win-win and consensus-inclusive approaches, 2) Rediscover Hawaiian values especially “pono”, and 3) Don’t lock community into large-capital commitments that limit our future options.