Episode 35: Aloha from the future of clean energy
Aloha! After a packed week of clean energy conversation in Waikiki for the VERGE Hawaii Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit, it's time for a download on what the rest of the world can learn from the state's unprecedented state 100 percent renewable power goal.
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Setting sail on clean tech innovation with the Navy
The military is Hawaii's No. 1 energy user and employs some 46,700 people on the islands. With those already strong ties, Senior Editor Lauren Hepler covers new ways Hawaii Gov. David Ige hopes to engage the Navy on renewable energy in the piece, "Energy meets security: Can the military scale clean power?"
MGM breaks from power provider in Nevada
While Hawaii is immersed in the process of transforming energy policies and utility operating models, another indicator of the rapidly evolvingcorporate energy landscape is playing out in Nevada. MGM Resorts International SVP and Chief Sustainability Officer Cindy Ortega weighs in on the $87 million decision to buy power on the open market.
A $1 trillion-dollar opportunity?
From a silver bullet for energy storage to plug-and-play microgrids, major energy users in Hawaii and beyond have long wish lists of breakthrough clean technologies. Idealab Founder Bill Gross weighs in on what he sees as a trillion-dollar market opening.
An in-depth look at two stories changing the game for green business. Tune it around 20:20 and 31:30 to hear this week's features.
Forging the utility of the future
In theory, ramping up clean energy production comes down to installing lots and lots of solar panels, along with complementary technologies like wind turbines. In practice, large-scale transition to renewable energy runs smack into entrenched utility business models and raises major questions for shareholders and ratepayers alike.
Amid a proposed merger between the incumbent state utility Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) and Florida-based utility NextEra Energy, HECO CEO Alan Oshima and NextEra Energy Transmission President Eric Gleason weighed in on the challenge at hand. Meanwhile, Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa underscores the importance of staying vigilant at the local level.
Who will step up to scale renewables?
Public, private, philanthropic... by several accounts, it should be all hands on deck when it comes to scaling renewable power deployments. But what does it actually take to make that happen inside large institutions?
U.S. Navy Assistant Secretary Dennis McGinn and U.S. Air Force Assistant Secretary Miranda Ballentine (formerly of Walmart) talked energy security and innovation at the military's massive scale. Hawaii State Energy Office Adminstrator Mark Glick devles into next steps at the state government level.
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