Community Meetings and Working Sessions

Save the Date: Community Discussion on Electric Utility Regulatory Models – June 2018

As directed by the Hawaii State Legislature, the Department of Business, Economic Development and  Tourism (DBEDT) is conducting a study on alternative electric utility and regulatory models in Hawaii. As part of this study, DBEDT’s contractors – London Economics International and Meister Consultants Group, invite you to share your thoughts and input on the future of electric utility regulatory models in achieving state energy goals, including achieving 100% renewable energy and minimizing rate increases.

The meetings will occur statewide, June 13 through June 22, 2018 as follows:

Wednesday June 13
5:30-7:00 p.m. Kailua, Oahu
Enchanted Lake Elementary School, Dining Hall
Kailua Event Flier and Registration

Thursday June 14
6:00-7:30 p.m. Honolulu, Oahu
Homer A. Maxey International Trade Resource Center Conference Room at the Hawaii Foreign-Trade Zone #9
Honolulu Event Flier and Registration

Friday June 15
5:30-7:00 p.m. Lihue, Kauai
Kauai High School, Dining Hall
Kauai Event Flier and Registration

Monday June 18
6:00-7:30 p.m. Wailuku, Maui
Waikapu Community Center
Maui Event Flier and Registration

Tuesday June 19
6:00-7:30 p.m. Kaunakakai, Molokai
Mitchell Pauole Community Center
Molokai Event Flier and Registration

Wednesday June 20
6:00-7:30 p.m. Lanai City, Lanai
Lanai Community Center
Lanai Event Flier and Registration

Thursday June 21
5:30-7:00 p.m. Hilo, Hawaii
Waiakea High School, Dining Hall
Hilo Event Flier and Registration

Friday June 22
5:30-7:00 p.m. Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority, Hale Iako Collaboration Room
Kailua-Kona Event Flier and Registration

We welcome everyone’s participation. If you have any questions or are not able to attend a meeting and would like to provide feedback via email, please contact us at The meeting materials will be posted on this page.

In addition to the meetings above we will be holding a 4-hour workshop at VERGE Hawaii on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu, Hawaii. The workshop is entitled “Future Electricity Sector Ownership & Regulation in Hawaii.” For those not attending VERGE there will be the ability to view the material that is presented at the VERGE workshop on this page and provide input via email at



Community Discussion on Utility Ownership Models, October 2017

The Hawaii State Energy Office hosted a series of community meetings across the state to solicit community input for a study being done on future models for utility ownership and regulation in Hawaii.  Contractor London Economics International and subcontractor Meister Consultants Group led the community meetings October 9-13, 2017.

Meeting Materials:

Workshop Handout


Presentation: Community Discussion on Utility Ownership Models



Working session at VERGE Hawaii 2017

A working session was held at the VERGE Hawaii Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit. The workshop provided an opportunity for attendees to hear from leading voices in the energy policy discussion, and to provide direct feedback through small-group facilitated discussions to inform the investigation of electric utility ownership and regulatory models to serve each county of the State.

Session Title: Future Models for Utility Ownership and Regulation in Hawaii
Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Event description: State officials, energy industry leaders, and project staff discussed the possibilities for Hawaii’s energy future at this session, which served as the public introduction of this extensive effort. The session provided an opportunity to hear from leading voices in the energy policy discussion. Panelists included Terry Surles, Interim Energy Administrator, Hawaii State Energy Office; Scott Seu, SVP Public Affairs, HECO; Dean Nishina, Utilities Administrator, Division of Consumer Advocacy; and David Bissell, President and CEO, KIUC. The session was moderated by AJ Goudling, President, London Economics.

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