Where are we today? Are we better off or closer to our clean energy goals than we were last year? What are our state and county leaders working on? What are scientists at UH Hawaii Natural Energy Institute working on and what is their assessment of the technologies and projects that have promise? What's the plan in getting to our vision of 70% clean energy by 2030? And what do we all have to do to keep on track or get back on track?
During the past two years we covered a lot of issues together. We want to see how we are doing on these projects. Hawaii has come a long way in incorporating renewable, clean energy into the state’s energy resource mix. We’ll hear representatives from government, industry, the university, and the community who will give us their assessment on our progress. What are the costs of electricity and the overall potential for generating electricity from renewables? How will we handle the surge of PV installations and how shall we finance them to lower consumer bills? And what about transportation? Are we making progress in this sector that is one of the biggest consumers of fossil fuel?
There’s a lot of discussion of the cost of energy unequally distributed throughout the state. Should we be more connected? What ARE the costs and benefits of our electricity and how are and should we be powered? And who are the players in the utility game?
How do we advance clean energy to meet our goals? Do we have the resources --funds, technologies, supply resources? What are some of the other resources which might be part of the mix? How can you plan for a really uncertain future? Should we be putting more effort and resources on one technology over another? Why or why not? What about LNG?