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Virtual Event Program

All VERGE Hawaii times listed are in HAST (Hawaiian -Aleutian Standard Time)

1:20 pm - 1:30 pm

1:30 pm - 1:35 pm


Oli: Blessing & Opening

The event will kick off with an oli, a traditional blessing used by Hawaiians throughout generations to preserve oral histories and traditions. It served as the life blood that preserved and perpetuated the Hawaiian culture. Today, the oli is referred to as the soul of the aboriginal peoples of Hawaii and is recognized at the highest form of the Hawaiian language.

1:35 pm - 1:45 pm

1:45 pm - 1:55 pm

1:55 pm - 2:05 pm

2:05 pm - 2:30 pm


Framing Hawaii's 100% Renewables Mandate: Challenges & Opportunities

The head of Hawaii's largest utility and the former chair of the state’s Public Utilities Commission provide context on the state's cultural history and energy landscape, explain how clean energy and sustainability goals are impacting various stakeholders, and describe the opportunities ahead.

2:30 pm - 2:40 pm


VERGE Talk: How Coordinated Action in Hawaii Can Accelerate Global Progress

How can local solutions help solve global challenges? By leveraging her experiences shaping energy, climate and environmental goals globally, the head of Hawaii Green Growth (and former White House staffer) will provide a strategic framework that shows how energy goals can lead to a broader set of sustainable development goals, and into concrete actions.

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2:40 pm - 3:05 pm

3:05 pm - 3:45 pm

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm

4:15 pm - 4:30 pm


Remembering the Consumer

While the energy community pushes ahead toward the goal of 100% renewables, Hawaii's energy consumers remain skeptical.  Without their support, our state's clean energy transformation is at risk. How can we bring customers and the wider community into this conversation, address their concerns, and secure their buy-in?

4:30 pm - 4:40 pm


VERGE Talk: Getting Residential Buy-in on Solar – Lessons from Australia and Beyond

One in five Australian households has purchased a solar system in the last decade, the highest penetration level of residential PV in the world. Australian PV customers aren’t wealthy environmentalists — they’re the middle-income workers, dissatisfied with their power utility and seeking to take charge of their energy bills. This talk explores how Australia has gotten such a high penetration rate among residents.

Presented by:

4:40 pm - 4:55 pm

4:55 pm - 5:05 pm

5:05 pm - 5:30 pm


Accelerating Energy Resilience & Security: Lessons from the Front Lines

For years, the Department of Defense has been leading the way in renewable and distributed energy systems, with the goal of improving mission effectiveness while saving energy and lives. The lessons it has learned and the technologies it has advanced can serve as a blueprint in the civilian world.

8:30 am - 8:40 am

8:40 am - 8:50 am


VERGE Talk: How Hawaii Can Be a Model of Innovation for the World

In a lot of ways, Hawaii has led. And many of the most innovative companies are starting in the state. But as Hawaii heads toward an inflection point in attracting capital and talent in a globally competitive marketplace, where should it stay the course, where should it change direction, and where should it double down?
Presented by:

8:50 am - 9:15 am

9:15 am - 9:25 am


VERGE Talk: Renewable Cyber Issues - Securing Grid Infrastructure from Hackers

Our current renewable energy Infrastructure relies on insecure technology, from the industrial control system/SCADA systems to unsecure communications. This has created a risky environment that can allow hackers to bring devastating physical and cyber consequences to customers and to the grid itself. This provocative presentation (and demo) looks at how we can protect our critical infrastructure from cyber attacks.

Presented by:

9:25 am - 10:00 am

10:00 am - 10:30 am

10:30 am - 10:40 am

10:40 am - 11:05 am


Building Tomorrow’s Clean-Energy Infrastructure

Ensuring a reliable and resilient clean energy infrastructure for the state of Hawaii requires strong partnership between state government, the military and the private sector. As renewable energy increases, it is critical that the infrastructure can maintain its reliability and resiliency through the deployment of smart grid and micro grid technologies, investments in efficiency infrastructure, and a focus on energy security. 


11:05 am - 11:15 am


VERGE Talk: A New Model for Future-Proof Investing

What is “world positive” investing? A veteran entrepreneur and venture investor describes ‘future-proof’ business models that empower entrepreneurs to solve the world’s most pressing problems and explores how the cleantech investing space has evolved to encapsulate this emerging philosophy. 

Presented by:

11:15 am - 11:25 am

11:25 am - 11:50 am

12:00 pm - 12:10 pm

12:10 pm - 12:30 pm

10:00 am - 10:05 am

10:05 am - 10:15 am


VERGE Talk: Aligning Local Needs with Clean Energy Action

For Honolulu, with its many shoreline communities, climate change is not academic. For its mayor, this requires urgent action. To begin, local government must lower its energy costs in the face of other budget demands such as critical infrastructure like sewers and rail, and collective bargaining agreements. It also requires integrating climate adaptation into infrastructure and planning, transit-oriented development, innovative energy- and grid-management strategies and other new design approaches that support climate adaptation and resilience. Mayor Caldwell will provide an overview of the challenges and opportunities facing Honolulu, Oahu and the Islands.

Presented by:

10:15 am - 10:45 am

10:45 am - 10:55 am

11:20 am - 11:30 am

11:30 am - 12:00 pm