Environmental Law Program

ELP Colloquium: DBEDT Energy Planning & Policy Branch

On February 23, 2010, the Environmental Law Program hosted a colloquium featuring the Energy Planning and Policy Branch of the Strategic Industries Division at the State of Hawai‘i Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism (DBEDT). WSRSL and ELP alumni Joshua Strickler, State Renewable Energy Coordinator, and Malama Minn, Renewable Energy Projects Special Assistant, gave a presentation about the Hawai‘i Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI) and renewable energy projects across the state. Josh focused on the Interisland Cable Project, that would transmit clean energy generated by wind farms on Lana‘i and Moloka‘i to O‘ahu via an undersea cable. The cable is a potentially large clean energy generator and is currently undergoing the EIS process. Malama spoke about legislation introduced this year for Clean Energy Bonds for local homeowners as a way to help facilitate home or small business clean energy projects.  Both of these renewable energy projects can significantly assist Hawai‘i in reducing its dependence on imported oil. The price of oil has gone up 111% in the last year and 90% Hawai‘i’s power comes from imported oil. The DBEDT Energy Planning and Policy Division has numerous projects to support the HCEI, which seeks to ensure dependable, efficient, and economical energy; increased energy self-sufficiency; greater energy security; and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. For more information, visit http://hawaii.gov/dbedt/info/energy.