Hawaiian Electric Invites Community to Help Shape Maui’s Clean Energy Future

Ever wonder how Hawai‘i will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy by 2045? As communities will play an important part in achieving this goal, Hawaiian Electric invites Maui residents to learn more about the work to meet clean energy milestones and take part in the company’s planning process to identify options for moving the islands toward a clean energy future.

The public is invited to join this community discussion on Thursday, March 12 at the Hawaiian Electric – Kahului Auditorium (210 W. Kamehameha Ave., Kahului). From 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., attendees are invited to visit information stations and meet staff to learn about topics ranging from rooftop solar programs to electrification of transportation. A panel discussion will follow from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Participating in the discussion will be:

  • Rhiannon Chandler-‘Iao, Executive Director, Waiwai Ola Waterkeepers Hawaiian Islands
  • Colton Ching, Senior Vice President, Planning and Technology, Hawaiian Electric
  • Rebecca Dayhuff Matsushima, Director, Renewable Acquisitions, Hawaiian Electric
  • Dick Mayer, Coordinator, Alliance for Maui Community Associations
  • Michele McLean, Director, Department of Planning, County of Maui
  • Chris Reynolds, Director, Operational Technology, Hawaiian Electric

Hawaiian Electric invites community members to ask questions and offer their views as part of Integrated Grid Planning (IGP), a planning process to identify options for moving Hawai‘i toward a clean energy future. For those who cannot attend in person, the panel discussion will be available via Facebook Live (Hawaiian Electric). A Virtual Open House is also available from March 2-20 at www.hawaiianelectric.com/igp.

As part of the IGP process, Hawaiian Electric is collecting public input and continues to collaborate with working groups, a stakeholder council and a technical advisory panel. These groups attend meetings, workshops, and review data, methodologies, and reports to help the company develop strategies used for long-term decision-making relating to the state’s energy landscape.

It will take a collective effort to get to 100 percent renewables by 2045 – and Hawaiian Electric invites community members to partner with us to help make the best choices. Visit www.hawaiianelectric.com/igp for more information.

This event is part of Hawaiian Electric’s Maui Renewable Energy Future Series, an ongoing community dialogue that examines what it will take for our islands to be powered by 100 percent renewable energy. In 2018, this series featured the panel discussion, 100% Renewable Energy: What Will Maui Look Like?, which raised awareness of how each island’s landscape will have to change in efforts to get off fossil fuel. View this past forum at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RbUWVD3ylY&feature=youtu.be.

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