Words from VERGE Hawaii: Live (almost) from Honolulu
Our first VERGE Hawaii event in the colorful heart of Waikiki rang out Tuesday with a traditional oli blessing. Hundreds of movers and shakers in energy, sustainable business and policy came together to help advance Hawaii's 100-percent clean energy goal by 2045 and much more.
Although our microgrid had an early hiccup, it was only proof that we are actually using it to power part of the conference, joked GreenBiz Group CEO Eric Faurot. As Gov. David Ige said, a major challenge for energy transformation includes delivering electricity "in a consistent, reliable way so that we can all conduct the businesses we need."
"You need to want to kill your own idea...to poke holes in it.Where you cant poke holes is where you get validation.”Innovation at #VERGEcon— Becky Dempsey (@GreenBizBecky) June 22, 2016
GreenBiz: Chances Hawaii will achieve 2045 clean energy goal. Majority of #VERGEcon attendees say YES!— Alex Cena (@AlexCena_TX) June 22, 2016
Consumers in HI are skeptical about mtg the 100% RE goal #vergecon of course, b/c consumers have low energy literacy. Need to work at that— Pamela Cargill (@chaolyst) June 22, 2016
A million people lived in Hawaiian islands sustainably before Europeans came - Celeste Connors, Hawaii Green Growth #VERGEcon— Clint Wilder (@Clint_Wilder) June 22, 2016