Hawaii to Host 2010 Asia-Pacific Clean Energy Summit


HONOLULU – Over 1,200 local, national, and international participants are expected to attend the 2010 Asia-Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo from August 30 through September 2 at the Hawai‘i Convention Center in Honolulu.

Four days of high-level speakers, workshops, exhibitions and networking will focus on the transformation to a clean energy economy in Hawai‘i and beyond, including such topics as:

  • Advances in renewable energy technology,
  • International and domestic public policy on renewable energy,
  • Current and future energy efficiency systems and equipment,
  • Clean energy education on the school, workforce and community level, and
  • The market demand and status for renewable energy and efficiency technology.

Last year, approximately 800 energy industry representatives participated in the first Asia-Pacific Clean Energy Summit representing at least 14 countries and territories including: American Samoa, Western Samoa, Fiji, Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Philippines, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Singapore, South Korea, Solomon Islands, Taiwan, Palau, and Guam, as well as the United States.

“The Hawai‘i Clean Energy Initiative partnership between the State of Hawai‘i and U.S. Department of Energy was a year old when we held the first energy summit and expo last year,” said Governor Linda Lingle.  “This year, we look forward to discussing our state’s tremendous progress to move Hawai‘i toward our goal of 70 percent clean energy by 2030, including renewable energy projects currently underway, new energy efficiency programs and movement toward a new regulatory framework.  In particular, the energy summit will provide a valuable opportunity to share the advances we have made with our partners at the local, national and international levels.”

Governor Lingle noted that a key focus of this year’s energy summit will be China’s renewable energy, investments and policies.  Governor Lingle is leading a delegation to China this month where a major portion of her trip will focus on developing clean energy partnerships.

This year, special breakout sessions will highlight energy efficiency, solar, wind, biofuels, geothermal, ocean energy, energy policy, and investment in renewable energy projects.

Additionally, participants will learn about the status of development, economics, and competition of renewable energy projects in the global economy and will be provided with an update on Hawai‘i’s Clean Energy Initiative.

A key event of the summit is the unique exposition that allows summit participants to view first-hand the clean energy initiatives being pursued around the world and highlights Hawai‘i’s advances as an early adopter of clean technology solutions.  Countries and organizations will exhibit their efforts, services and innovations to international governments, investors and corporations.  Current and future technologies in smart grid, building efficiency, fuel cells, biofuels, energy storage, waste and recycling, biomass, solar, wind, hydroelectric, and geothermal energy will be showcased at the summit to increase awareness and find possible funding opportunities and partnerships.

The 2010 Asia-Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo is being coordinated by the State of Hawai’i and the Clean Technology & Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI).

For more information, visit the Asia-Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo website at http://AsiaPacificCleanEnergy.com.

Submitted by DBEDT