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Report on the 10th Okinawa Hawaii Ocean Energy and Economic Development Workshop

Participants outside Day 2 Venue – NELHA’s Gateway Center

The 10th Okinawa Hawaii Ocean Energy and Economic Development Symposium and Workshop took place November 8-9, 2019 at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA) in Kailua-Kona on the Island of Hawaii. This event falls under the Hawaii Okinawa Clean Energy Partnership, formed by a Memorandum of Cooperation signed by the US DOE, Japan’s METI, the State of Hawai’i, and Okinawa Prefectural Government.

In addition to continuing past topics, this year’s special theme was Resiliency, Energy Security, and Sustainability.

Governor David Ige and Representative Lowen of Hawai’i, the US DOE, and Okinawa Prefecture provided greeting via letter or in person.

Vincent Paul Pontieux of Blue Planet Research provided the keynote “The Balance of Power and Energy:  Innovative Approach to Resilience using BESS and H2.”

Highlights from the first day include presentations by the State of Hawai’i’s Chief Energy Officer Scott Glenn, a Talk Story with panelists highlighting the past 10 years of cooperation, and talk from Oracle Japan’s Ken Haig on how Behavioral Science is improving awareness and education on energy in Japan.

Day two was opened with a special talk by HNEI’s Mark Glick on “Strategy and Goals for Okinawa Hawaii Cooperation,” followed by “Energy Security, Resiliency, and Sustainability” Session. In addition to presentations from FREA and JXTG, Okinawa Electric’s VP Shimabukuro spoke on Okinawa Electric Power Company’s Resiliency Strategies while President of HELCO spoke on their Sustainable Strategies.

This year, a special Hydrogen Panel was also convened along with discussions on 6 themes and a final panel.

Kumejima Town and Hawaii County also celebrated the 8th year of their sister island association during a reception on November 8th.

The agenda and photos, including from the NELHA tour, are now available on the event website: http://okinawahawaii-oews.com/

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