2019 EUCI Hawai’i Power Summit
Hawaii is making impressive strides toward hitting its target of 100% renewable energy by 2045. The state, its regulators, utilities and stakeholders are now well down the road towards tackling the commitment to several laudable, though formidable, power system goals:
- Achieving 100% renewable energy by 2045
- Attaining 100% carbon-neutral status by 2045
- Creating a flexible grid capable of accommodating and firming the variation in output of wind and solar
- Modifying traditional utility compensation structures to reflect a more flexible financial business model that accommodates the grid participation of distributed energy resources
- Facilitating community renewable energy projects
- Integrating smart grid technologies, as well as leveraging microgrids, virtual power plants, customer-supplied power and demand response
Persevering through the myriad system and infrastructure planning documents required by the state’s Public Utility Commission (PUC), Hawaiian Electric and other power system stakeholders are forging answers to a 21st century grid in the crucible of the most vexing power environment in the country. To some it seems an uncomfortably lumpy process. To others, it’s a marvel of collaboration.
This summit will consist of two workshops and a two-day conference. The programs will examine several of the innovative planning processes in the Hawaii power system microcosm that are pioneering national — in some cases, global — paths forward on difficult challenges that will eventually confront most U.S., as well as island, utilities and power systems.
ESA’s Tom Simchak, Director of Research and Programs, will speak on the panel The Storage Laboratory in Hawaii.