OKINAWA HAWAI'I CLEAN ENERGY PARTNERSHIP

11th OKINAWA HAWAII CLEAN ENERGY WORKSHOP

Okinawa Prefecture Consignment (Okinawa Hawaii Clean Energy Partnership Promotion Project)




Since 2010, when the Japanese Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry, the United States Department of Energy, Okinawa Prefecture, and the State of Hawai’i signed a Memorandum of Cooperation to develop and deploy clean and renewable energies as the “Hawai'i Okinawa Partnership on Clean and Efficient Energy Development and Deployment,” there have been multiple activities focusing on the possibility of cooperative projects relating to the introduction of clean energy. As one of the activities, ocean energy workshops were held annually and included themes such as economic development, education, and resiliency. In 2020, Okinawa Prefecture will expand the theme to Clean Energy in general and hold a workshop in Okinawa (web format).


 

Overview



This workshop took place online January 25 to February 19, 2021.

Workshop Overview

Presentations

Each session will have pre-recorded video presentations. The full program is available on this page below, or use the links in the Program Structure section to jump to a specific topic. Presentations are hosted by YouTube, with captions available in English and Japanese. Videos will go live and the Workshop will begin on January 25. All presentations will be publicly available through February 19th

Q&A

Participant Questions were recieved through an online form.

Discussions

Four panel discussions took place in real-time with simultaneous translation between English and Japanese.


Program



The program for this year is below. You can also download a copy (pdf). Presentation videos can be found on the video page.

No. Presentation Title Presenter Name Presenter Affiliation
Greetings
1-1 Opening Greetings Denny Tamaki Okinawa Prefecture Government, Governor
1-2 Welcome from the State of Hawai'i David Ige State of Hawai'i, Governor
Keynote
2 Building a Stronger Hawai’i Together: Path to Recovery Alan Oshima State of Hawai'i Economic and Community Recovery Navigator
Government Efforts and Policies
3-1 Building a Secure & Equitable Clean Energy Future for Hawaii Scott Glenn Hawai'i State Energy Office, Chief Energy Officer
3-2 About Okinawa Prefecture's Energy Policy - Okinawa Prefecture Energy Vision 2020 (tentative) Draft- Noboru Kakazu Okinawa Prefectural Government Department of Commerce, Industry, and Labor, Director General
3-3 Kumejima Town Energy Vision 2020 Naoki Ota Kumejima Town Project Development Office, Director
Hydrogen and Clean Transportation
4-1 Progress and Opportunities for Hydrogen & Fuel Cells in Hawai’i Dave Molinaro Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies (HCATT), Acting Director
4-2 About the Potential of Hydrogen for Okinawa Michinori Nishino Nansei Shoto Industrial Advancement Center (NIAC) Research Group 1, Researcher
4-3 Drive Electric Hawai’i Aki Marceau Hawaiian Electric Company, Electrification of Transportation, Director
4-4 FREA's Efforts to Develop Hydrogen Utilization in Japan Hirohide Furutani AIST, Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute, Renewable Energy Research Center, Director
4-4 FREA's Efforts to Develop Hydrogen Utilization in Japan Kenji Otani AIST, Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute, Renewable Energy Research Center, Leader of Energy Network Team
4-5 Hydrogen and Clean Transportation at HNEI Mitch Ewan Hawai'i Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) Hydrogen Systems, Program Manager
Ocean Energy/Resource Utilization
5-1 Expanding Cold Energy Use Industries at NELHA and Beyond Crystal Johnson HATCH, Business Development
5-2 Energy, Food, and Water Self-Sufficient Area Project on Kumejima Benjamin Martin Global Ocean reSource and Energy Association Institute, Secretariat
5-3 Development of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion and Human Capacity in Malaysia under SATREPS Takeshi Yasunaga Institute of Ocean Energy Saga University (IOES), Assistant Professor
Energy Education
6-1 Implementation of Energy Education Born from the Hawai'i Okinawa Clean Energy Partnership Shin Okamura Global Ocean reSource and Energy Association Institute, Secretariat
6-2 The Importance of Science Literacy and Sustainability Education Candee Ellsworth Keahole Center for Sustainability (KCS), Executive Director
6-3 SDGs Education for Remote Islands Mai Yata Jyukankyo Research Institute Inc., Researcher
Special Presentations
7-1 Review of 10 Years of Ocean Energy Workshops Yasuyuki Ikegami Institute of Ocean Energy Saga University, Director / Professor
7-2 Island-type Smart Community Demonstration Project -Utilization of EMS on Miyakojima- Naoto Higa Nextems, CEO
7-3 Announcement of Project Results "Project for Maximizing Renewable Energy Penetration on Small Remote Islands" -Utilization of MG Set on Hateruma Island- Satoru Yamashiro Okinawa Electric Power Company, Remote Island Division, Remote Island Technology Group, Group Leader

Discussions

Panelist Name Panelist Affiliation
Ocean Energy/Resource Utilization

2/9 @ 15:00 HST (2/10 @ 10:00 JST)

Michinori Nishino (Mod) Nansei Shoto Industrial Advancement Center (NIAC) Research Group 1, Researcher
Crystal Johnson HATCH, Business Development
Benjamin Martin Global Ocean reSource and Energy Association (GOSEA) Institute, Secretariat
Takeshi Yasunaga Institute of Ocean Energy Saga University (IOES), Assistant Professor
Kyoko Washiashi General Oyster Farm, Inc, Chief Operating Officer
Hermann Kugeler Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc., Business Development Manager
Energy Education

2/11 @ 15:00 HST (2/12 @ 10:00 JST)

Michinori Nishino (Mod) Nansei Shoto Industrial Advancement Center (NIAC) Research Group 1, Researcher
Shin Okamura Global Ocean reSource and Energy Association (GOSEA) Insitute, Secretariat
Candee Ellsworth Keahole Center for Sustainability (KCS), Executive Director
Mai Yata Jyukankyo Research Institute Inc., Researcher
Yuko Kakazu Subaru Telescope & NAOJ TMT Project, Astronomer, Public Outreach Specialist / OIST Foundation, Education Ambassador
Ken Haig American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ), Energy Committee, Chair
Hydrogen and Clean Transportation

2/12 @ 15:00 HST (2/13 @ 10:00 JST)

Michinori Nishino (Mod) Nansei Shoto Industrial Advancement Center (NIAC) Research Group 1, Researcher
Dave Molinaro Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies(HCATT), Acting Director
Jimmy Yao Hawaii Electric Company, Electrification of Transportation, Manager
Hirohide Furutani AIST, Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute, Renewable Energy Research Center, Director
Kenji Otani AIST, Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute, Renewable Energy Research Center, Leader of Energy Network Team
Mitch Ewan Hawai'i Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) Hydrogen Systems, Program Manager
Clean Energy Islands

2/18 @ 15:00 HST (2/19 @ 10:00 JST)

Michinori Nishino (Mod) Nansei Shoto Industrial Advancement Center (NIAC) Research Group 1, Researcher
Benjamin Martin (Mod) Global Ocean reSource and Energy Association (GOSEA) Institute, Secretariat
Aki Yamashiro 【Memorial Remarks for Billy Kenoi】Kumejima Hawaii Hoaloha-kai
Naoki Ota Kumejima Town Project Development Office, Director
Yasuyuki Ikegami Institute of Ocean Energy, Saga University, Professor/ Director
Junichiro Tsutsumi University of the Ryukyus, Professor Emeritus
Dennis Teranishi Pacific International Center for High Technology Research (PICHTR), Chair /CEO
Yoh Kawanami Hawaiian Electric Company, Customer Energy Resources Operations, Director
Candee Ellsworth Keahole Center for Sustainability (KCS), Executive Director

Keynote Speaker



  • Alan Oshima

     

    Alan M. Oshima - State of Hawai'i

    Economic and Community Navigator

    Alan M. Oshima retired from Hawaiian Electric Company after serving for five years as the president and chief executive officer.

    Under Alan’s leadership, Hawaiian Electric accelerated its company-wide transformation initiative, reorganized its processes to become more nimble, innovative and customer focused and built an employee culture that readily adapts to change. Hawaiian Electric has been nationally recognized for its progress in replacing fossil fuel generation with renewable resources. The Smart Electric Power Alliance named Hawaiian Electric its Investor-Owned Utility of the Year in 2018 and in 2019, the company was named Utility of the Year by the independent trade publication Utility Dive.

    Alan practiced law prior to 2005 and was involved in numerous high-profile cases involving water rights, land use and all aspects of public utility regulation and was recognized by his peers for his accomplishments.

    Service to the community has been a hallmark of Alan’s career. He has been recognized by numerous professional and community organizations for his leadership and volunteerism, especially his work to improve public education. He has served in varied leadership capacities with among others: the Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs, the YMCA of Honolulu, Hawaii3Rs and the Hawaii State Bar Association.

    In 2020, Governor David Y. Ige asked Alan to volunteer as the Economic and Community Navigator during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Working with many stakeholders, a plan for addressing the various phases of the stress imposed by the worldwide crisis was put into place which includes a unique Safe Travels program that launched on October 15, 2020.

    Alan and Jo Ann Oshima live in the Nuuanu neighborhood of Honolulu. Their family includes a daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren in Honolulu and a son and daughter-in-law and one granddaughter in San Francisco.

    A graduate of Farrington High School in Honolulu, Alan received a degree in business administration from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and a law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, California. He served as a Supply Corps officer with the U.S. Navy and, among other places, was stationed at Pearl Harbor and San Diego.

Information



The workshop secretariat is saddend to hear and report that William "Billy" Kenoi, former Hawaii County Mayor, passed on January 26 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Mayor Kenoi was an early and strong supporter of these annual workshops, and we can say with certainty this event would not have been possible with out him. We wish his friends and family our condolence as they and we say Aloha.

Billy Kenoi

Mayor Kenoi and Mayor Taira sign sister island agreement between Hawaii County and Kumejima Town at the second workshop. September 2011.