About the speaker:
Leon joined the faculty of the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI), School of Ocean & Earth Science & Technology, UH Manoa, in 2012 as a Specialist in the integration and analysis of energy technologies and power systems.
Prior to joining HNEI, he was with the Hawaiian Electric Company for 19 years serving in numerous management roles, most recently directing the System Integration Department. His career at Hawaiian Electric has included management responsibilities for renewable energy planning and integration, smart grid planning and projects, distribution planning, transmission planning, generation resource planning and procurement, the purchase and distribution of fuel to utility generating plants across the its service territory, and the negotiation of power purchase contracts for Hawaiian Electric (island of Oahu), and its subsidiaries, Maui Electric Company (islands of Maui, Lanai, and Molokai) and Hawaii Electric Light Company (island of Hawaii). Leon also directed major programs across all three companies, including Hawaiian Electric’s commitment to integrate large-scale wind energy resources via a proposed HVDC undersea cable system to Oahu.
Leon is also a licensed attorney and worked in private law practice in Hawaii and has held the position of Associate General Counsel at Hawaiian Electric. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a J.D. from the University of Hawaii.
The isolation of the Hawaiian islands and our long history of importing fossil fuels as the primary energy source for both electricity and transportation needs has had a profound impact on our economy and the energy security of its residents. However, as with many great challenges, significant opportunity lies therein to secure a better future for our island home and to position Hawaii as an international leader in clean energy development.
Learn about how the island of Maui is in the midst of an energy paradigm shift, transforming its energy future by harnessing its abundant indigenous renewable energy resources. In doing so, the power grid on Maui is fast becoming a recognized test bed for new energy sector smart technologies, attracting significant R&D investment from domestic and international sources. The presentation will share information on three exciting smart grid projects underway on Maui and how in combination, they form the making of the Maui smart grid. Through these collaborative engagements between government, the utilities, community volunteers, academia and industry, technology and clean energy know how is being developed while real world solutions to the island’s energy challenges are being realized.