The clean energy event of the year happens next week, Thursday and Friday, Sept. 10 and 11, at the Grand Wailea. The theme for the 2009 Maui County Energy Expo is “ Energy Future - From Concept to Reality.”
Last year, following the Energy Expo held in November 2007, Mayor Charmaine Tavares launched the Maui County Energy Alliance in order to engage energy specialists, Maui Community College (MCC) faculty and citizens to explore new alternative energy programs and encourage efficient use of energy.
Five working groups were formed involving citizens with energy and technology specializations dealing with issues of energy conservation and efficiency, technological options and policy needs. Their goal was to formulate a Maui County energy plan with goals, objectives and a timeline for implementation.
Ninety-one experts spent hundreds of voluntary hours in five working groups to put together the Energy Action Plan. You can download it at MauiCounty.gov. Just click on the “Renewable Energy” box on the right side of the screen and follow the menus.
Thursday afternoon from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. is a free public session in which this plan will be presented and discussed. Many clean energy technologies are on display. Although there is no cost, it is necessary to register in advance.
The full conference is presented by the Maui County Energy Alliance, which is coordinated by the County of Maui, Maui Economic Development Board Inc., MCC and the U. S. Department of Energy. The cost for the full conference is $120, including breakfast and lunch, and runs from Thursday at 8 a.m. to Friday at 4:15 p.m. It features panels with the top experts from Maui and Honolulu discussing everything from technology to regulatory issues.
The conference is preceded with an optional workshop on Wednesday. EPA representatives will explain the benefits of landfill gas to energy systems. The workshop will be followed by lunch and a tour of Mäkena Resort, a sustainable and zero net energy development. The Wednesday workshop costs $45 and includes lunch.
Register at www.mauicounty.gov/energyexpo.
Chris Mentzel, CEO of Clean Energy Maui LLC, consults with county and state governments in Hawai‘i to secure a quick transition to a clean energy future.
His goal is to end oil use on Maui by 2020. He can be reached through www.CleanEnergyMaui.com or at 214-7678.