By Henry Curtis
Hawai`i`s fourth major energy conference of this year will be held on Wednesday and Thursday at Pearl Harbor. Only two members of the media are registered to attend, Pacific Business News reporter Kathleen Gallagher, and myself.
The 7th bi-annual Defense Energy Technology Challenges (DETC) 2016 Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit & Expo (APRISE) will coincide with the Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC).
RIMPAC is the world's largest international maritime warfare exercise. It is held biennially in Hawai`i, during June and July of even-numbered years.
Topics being discussed during DETC @ RIMPAC will include the National Defense Authorization Act, Cyber Security, Biofuels, Water, Waste, and Test Bed Capabilities.
I had an opportunity to talk with the only state legislator who signed up for the conference. Representative Mark Nakashima supports renewable energy based hydrogen for its energy storage capabilities.
After the conference there will be a tour of key Pearl Harbor energy innovation sites, focusing on microgrids, a hydrogen refueling station, a waste-to-energy system, and an energy trailer.
Thursday evening there will be a panel discussion on “Ethics in Energy and the Environment” held at the University of Hawai`i, Mānoa. The event is sponsored by the William S. Richardson School of Law, the Shidler College of Business and the Hawaii State Bar Association. RSVP suggested.
The speakers on ethics will be HECO President Alan Oshima, Consumer Advocate Jeff Ono, former Congressperson Colleen Hanabusa, and Covanta CEO Stephen Jones. Covanta owns the H-Power garbage-to-energy facility on O`ahu.
Hanabusa is Chairwoman of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART), the entity overseeing he development of rail, and also serves on the Hawaii Gas Board of Directors.
There were three Hawai`i-based energy conferences this year.
In January there was the surprisingly informative, but somewhat expensive, Fifth Annual Hawaii Power Summit sponsored by Electric Utility Consultants, Inc. (EUCI). That was followed by the Maui Energy Conference in March, and the GreenBiz Group VERGE conference in June.
On July 26, 1969, following the first moon walk, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin, Jr., and Michael Collins, arrived at Pearl Harbor aboard the carrier Hornet.
On July 28, 1945, a B-52 Bomber crashed into New York City`s Empire State Building, between the 78th and 80th floors, carving an 18-by-20-foot hole in the building.
On July 29, 1959, Qantas Empire Airways started the first commercial jet aircraft service linking Hawaii to Australia and San Francisco.
On July 29, 1971, recently deceased Maui County Mayor Elmer Carvalho, and Life of the Land, file suit against the U.S. Navy to stop the bombing of Kaho’olawe. Cravalho served as speaker of the Territorial and State House from 1959-67 and as Maui Mayor from 1969-79.
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