Aloha State Aims for 100% Renewable Portfolio

New Hawaii Energy Law Makes Speaker’s Talk More Timely

Provided by The National Center for Appropriate Technology

A bill passed by the Hawaii Legislature earlier this month could put one of the 2015 Harvesting Clean Energy Conference speakers squarely on the forefront of energy development in the Aloha State.

The legislation makes Hawaii the first state in the nation to adopt a 100 percent renewable Portfolio Standard, which means Hawaii utilities will generate 100 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2045.

HB623, CD1 – which increases renewable portfolio standards to 30 percent by December 31, 2020, 70 percent by December 31, 2040, and 100 percent by December 31, 2045 – will boost the state’s local energy industry and save ratepayers hundreds of millions of dollars in years to come.

The bill passed the Hawaii legislature on May 5 and was transmitted to the governor. Go here for more details: http://bit.ly/1FzLVyW

The new portfolio standards will make Kelly Takaya King’s HCE conference topic, “Hawaii’s Emerging Ag/Energy Economy – 20 Years of Innovation Leads Back to the Farm” even more timely.

Kelly is vice president and chief communications officer of Pacific Biodiesel Technologies as well as a co-founder and chair of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance.

Kelly’s address will be just one of the exciting features of this year’s HCE conference,  the 14th in the annual Harvesting Clean Energy series. It is set for September 30 – October 2, 2015, at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center in Billings, Montana. For the second year, it is being hosted by the National Center for Appropriate Technology.

As always, the conference promises to be the premier meeting of experts and wide-ranging practitioners in the agriculture, forestry, and energy industries. Its aim is to help advance rural economic development through clean energy development and to maximize profits by practicing good stewardship.

You can find out more details on the conference presentations as well as biographies of the speakers at www.harvestcleanenergy.org/. That’s the site to register, too, and you also can sign up for updates as the conference develops.

And remember, if you have an idea for a presentation you would like to offer at HCE, let these speakers inspire you to contact Cathy Svejkovsky at cathys@ncat.org.

  

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