For Immediate Release: August 9, 2011

HONOLULU–Leaders and experts at the forefront of the global clean energy movement will be convening at the Hawaii Convention Center for the 3rd Annual Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo, to be hosted by the State of Hawaii on September 12-15 in Honolulu. An estimated 1,200 industry and government participants from more than 20 countries will attend the conference, which aims to enable exchanges of ideas and partnership opportunities with global corporations, start-ups, investors, policy makers, and utilities involved in clean energy transformation.

“Hawa‘i is hosting this international symposium because, as an island state that must import most of our fuel, energy independence is among our most important economic enterprises,” said Estrella Seese, acting energy program administrator of the DBEDT’s Energy Office, organizer of the Summit and Expo. “Hawaii‘s goal to achieve 70% clean energy by 2030 is ambitious, and we are making strides toward that goal by expanding economic activity, entrepreneurship, and public/private participation. We look forward to sharing experiences, discovering solutions and collaborating with experts and policy makers from around the world.”

“Hawaii is an ideal location to test and demonstrate clean energy and efficiency initiatives. As one of the world’s leading incubators of clean technology development, it is the perfect place for the Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit,” said Patricia Glaza, executive director of Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI), a national organization established to advance the commercialization and adoption of clean technologies and sustainable industry practices. CTSI is co-sponsoring the Summit.

To showcase global best practices and new business opportunities, the Summit program will open with a plenary address from Governor Neil Abercrombie and venture capitalist and energy and security expert R. James Woolsey. Woolsey, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, is now chair of a Washington D.C. based private equity fund specializing in energy and security issues. He serves on the National Commission on Energy Policy.

Panel discussions will focus on accelerating the use of various renewable energy resources such as biomass, wind, solar, hydroelectric, ocean thermal, geothermal, and waste-to-energy; financing and incentivizing energy efficiency; and developing public policies, resources, and workforce training programs to build a clean energy industry.

This year’s program is offering a full conference track on the U.S. Department of Defense’s clean energy programs. Representatives from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines will be presenting key military initiatives, technology priorities, and practical guidance on developing partnerships and contracts. CTSI is also coordinating a new technology identification program focused on bringing innovative military-targeted clean energy solutions.

The Summit’s Expo will offer exhibits, services and the latest energy technologies. Summit co-sponsors include the University of Hawaii, Hawaiian Electric Company, Lockheed Martin, AECOM, Phycal, Sempra Generation, Aerovironment, General Atomics, SAIC, ALSTOM, FirstWind, GM, The Gas Company, Pacific Biodiesel, etc.

Special rates are available for Hawaii-based attendees, government, and academic representatives. For registration and program information, go to www.asiapacificcleanenergy.com.

The State of Hawaii’s most important economic enterprise is to build a clean energy economy and reach 70 percent clean energy by 2030. The DBEDT State Energy Office’s mission is to act as a catalyst for creating efficiency measures, renewable energy resources, transportation initiatives, and progressive policies that lead to green jobs and investments in Hawaii’s economy. While we are saving energy and dollars through energy efficiency measures, we are also contributing to protecting our environment and moving towards a clean energy future. For more information, visit www.hawaii.gov/dbedt/energy.


For more information, contact:

Estrella Seese
Acting Energy Program Administrator
DBEDT’s State Energy Office
Phone: (808) 586-2352

Lois Hamaguchi
Energy Analyst
DBEDT’s State Energy Office
Phone: (808) 587-9006