GreenBiz Group and the Hawaii State Energy Office have announced the advisory board for VERGE Hawaii 2017: Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit, returning to Honolulu, Hawaii, June 20-22, 2017.
VERGE Hawaii explores the innovative clean energy policies, models, technologies and infrastructure that will enable the state to achieve its ambitious legislated mandate of 100% renewable powered energy in the electricity sector by 2045.
The 15-member VERGE Hawaii advisory board includes a diverse group of influential, engaged leaders across a range of industries and sectors to provide strategic direction on program content and the overarching conference framework.
VERGE Hawaii, produced by GreenBiz Group in partnership with the Hawaii State Energy Office, convenes nearly 1,000 leaders from the government, military, utilities, solution providers and energy producers to drive Hawaii’s renewable energy transformation and reinforce its position as a model for others in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.
“VERGE uniquely brings together the key stakeholders who are building Hawaii’s clean economy,” said Eric Faurot, CEO, GreenBiz Group. “We are thrilled to work with this group of clean-energy leaders and the State of Hawaii to help deliver on the Aloha State’s bold energy goals.”
VERGE Hawaii 2017 advisors:
Catherine Awakuni Colon, Director, Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Joseph Boivin, Jr., Senior Vice President of Business Development and Corporate Affairs, Hawaii Gas
Colton Ching, Vice President of Energy Delivery, Hawaiian Electric Company
Celeste Connors, Executive Director, Hawaii Green Growth
Kyle Datta, General Partner, Ulupono Initiative
Brandon Hayashi, Regional Manager, OpTerra Energy Services
Brian Kealoha, Executive Director, Hawaii Energy
Neil “Dutch” Kuyper, President and CEO, Parker Ranch
Sherry Menor-McNamara, President and CEO, Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
Jeff Mikulina, Executive Director, Blue Planet Foundation
Edmund C. Olson, Edmund C. Olson Trust II
Rick Rocheleau, Director, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute
Neil Sheehan, CEO, Sheehan Group-Pacific, LLC
Jill Sims, Co-Founder & Demonstration Track, Energy Excelerator
“Grid parity is driving technological innovation and lower costs that are accelerating the rate of renewable deployment to almost unimaginable levels. The time to act is now to ensure Hawaii’s clean energy future,” said Mark Glick, Administrator, Hawaii State Energy Office. “We look forward to welcoming VERGE back to Hawaii and working with these industry leaders to achieve our ambitious mandate.”
About GreenBiz Group
GreenBiz Group’s mission is to define and accelerate the business of sustainability. It does this through a wide range of products and services, including its acclaimed website GreenBiz.com and e-newsletters, GreenBuzz and VERGE; webcasts on topics of importance to sustainability and energy executives; research reports, including the annual State of Green Business; the GreenBiz Executive Network, a membership-based, peer-to-peer learning forum for sustainability executives; and conferences: the annual GreenBiz forum and VERGE.
About Hawaii State Energy Office
The Hawaii State Energy Office (HSEO) is a division of the state’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. With the state’s goal to reach 100 percent renewable energy generation by 2045, HSEO is leading the state’s charge toward clean energy independence.
HSEO is committed to developing and deploying high impact solutions that will maximize Hawaii’s renewable energy resources and improve efficiency and transportation standards. Through effective policies and innovative programs, HSEO has positioned Hawaii as a leader in clean energy innovation, which will generate quality jobs, attract investment opportunities and accelerate economic growth.