Hawaii is being closely watched by CEOs, investors, policy makers, and others from across the country and the world. The state is going through change on the technical side with its energy infrastructure, on the business side with the NextEra-Hawaiian Electric announcement, and in terms of policy infrastructure around the 100% renewable energy goal. It’s a very interesting time for entrepreneurs to be in the mix and for innovators to help design Hawaii’s energy future.
1. Governor Ige says no LNG on my watch. At the annual Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit in Honolulu, Governor Ige made his position on LNG clear: “Any time and money spent on LNG is time and money not spent on renewable energy.” Read about it in Cleantechnica and the Washington Times.
2. Hawaii gets a B- in Blue Planet Foundation’s 2015 Energy Report Card. Each year the environmental nonprofit evaluates five key components (Transportation, Efficiency, Renewables, Smart Grid, and Economics) and identifies bright spots and opportunities to improve. See how Hawaii did in each of the key components here.
3. First-of-its-kind ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) plant powers 120 homes. The 105-kW demonstration plant developed by Makai Ocean Engineering is located on the Big Island of Hawaii and funded by the U.S. Navy. More on the demonstration plant and OTEC in Scientific American. It’s even caught the attention of Bill Gates!
4. Sun, surf, and startups. Greentech Media dives into Hawaii’s energy test bed and profiles 5 Energy Excelerator companies making an impact in the Aloha State. Article in Greentech Media.
Until next month,
The Energy Excelerator team
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