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HIGHLIGHTS

2007 PACIFIC COAST ELECTRICAL ASSOCIATION HAWAI’I CONFERENCE & EXPO

“It’s a wonderful, memorable experi- ence to be at this conference and expo!”.…“Many good speakers and topics covered”….”Great general session!”....“Great Conference with a variety of sessions available.”

These are some of the comments received regarding the 2007 PACIFIC COAST ELECTRICAL ASSOCIATION (PCEA) HAWAI’I CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION, hosted by Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) Maui Electric Company (MECO), and the Hawaii Electric Light Company (HELCO). The PCEA Hawai’i confer- ence, held at the Grand Wailea Resort on Maui this past September 6 - 8,

attracted over 350 registered attendees, making it one of the biggest PCEA Hawai’i conferences ever! The 28 workshops and 50 exhibitor booths focused around the theme, “Today’s Innovation... Tomorrow’s Independence”, and included topics covering energy efficiency, plant and facility engineering improvements, and renewable/sustainable technologies.

The PCEA Hawai’i conference has its origins dating back to the 1950’s as a consortium/forum for members of the electric utilities, consultants, contractors, and trade allies, to meet

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and discuss technical, industry problems’ and solutions. Although the issues and format have evolved over the years, the PCEA Hawai’i conference still convenes biennial and alternates between sites on Maui and Hawai’i (the Big Island).

One of the conference highlights was the general session that in- cluded a panel discussion of how the development of a local biofuel industry could impact Hawai’i by helping transform the utilities into a model of diverse and sustainable supply. Speakers included G. Stephen Holaday, President of Agribusiness, Alexander & Baldwin, Inc., Landis Maez, President, BlueEarth Biofuels, and Bob Shleser, Chief Technology Officer of ClearFuels Technology Inc. Other highlights included a presenta- tion by Sumner Erdman, President of Ulupalakua Ranch. Mr. Erdman spoke on how economic challenges facing Hawai’i’s ranchers are forcing them to look at diversified and sustainable land practices to better manage their natural resources.

If you missed this year’s PCEA Hawai’i conference, some of the workshop presentations are available online at www. heco.com. Be on the lookout for HECO’s 8th Biennial 2008 Efficient Electro-Technology Exposition and Conference to be held on the island of Oahu. Otherwise, you will have to wait until 2009 for the next PCEA… See you on the Big Island!

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