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Maui County Energy Expo 2009, September 10-11

Maui’s Energy Future – From Concept to Reality
Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa

Highlights of this year’s Expo:

  • Outstanding speakers, panel discussions and presentations
  • Exhibits featuring state-of-the-art products and technologies
  • Presentations by the Maui County Energy Alliance Working Groups
  • Models of Reality: Progress Report Panel
  • Maui County Energy Alliance Working Groups Reports
  • Public Commentary
  • Key Considerations in Maui’s Next Steps: Overcoming Island Regulatory Barriers to Clean Energy
  • Key Considerations in Maui’s Next Steps:
    • Energy Efficiency & Conservation
    • Energy Storage & Integration
  • Economic Development Implications
  • Maui’s Next Steps: Now What?

The Energy Expo 2007 sold out – be sure to register early for this year’s event!

View Conference Program
Two Days—Thursday & Friday: $120—Includes continental breakfast and lunch
Thursday a.m. only: $50—Includes lunch
Thursday p.m.: Free after lunch
Friday: $90—Includes continental breakfast and lunch
*Limited Student Scholarships are available by calling the Office of Economic Development at 270-7710

Optional Pre-Conference Landfill Methane Outreach Program Workshop – Sept 9: $45/person—Includes lunch

For more information:
County of Maui Office of Economic Development
Victor Reyes, Energy Commissioner
Ph. (808) 270-7710 or email

August 4, 2009 at 5:08 pm Leave a comment

Rail Race: Maglev or HSR, What is the Future?

ENR: Engineering News Record, July 21, 2009
by William J. Angelo, John T. Harding and Andy Kunz

If we can continually bail out failing airlines and fund airport development, why not invest in a first rate railroad infrastructure that would compliment and enhance our Federal highway system? Many issues remain unresolved such as how fast is fast and should the line be publicly or privately owned? Should we go with ‘proven’ technology or make a quantum leap? And just why is there a high-speed rail gap between the U.S. and the rest of the developed world?

Two opposing Viewpoints, one supporting Maglev development by John Harding, a member of the International Maglev Board, and the other by Andy Kunz, president, US High Speed Rail Association in favor of ‘conventional’ high-speed rail. Readers are encouraged to read both articles then add their own voices to this debate. Steel wheels or maglev – you decide. (see article)

August 4, 2009 at 2:51 pm 1 comment

Views on use of Highway Trust Fund for bike and pedestrian paths.

August 4, 2009, via

With Congress’ authorizing of emergency funding for the depleted Highway Trust Fund, two Republican senators are criticizing the use of the fund for bicycle and pedestrian paths and “scenic beautification” projects.

Sens. John McCain’s (Ariz.) and Tom Coburn’s (Okla.) criticisms followed release of a report by the Government Accountability Office last week showing that $78 billion from the fund had gone over five years toward “purposes other than construction and maintenance of highways and bridges” — including $2 billion that went to 5,547 projects for bicyclists and pedestrians.

McCain blasted the Transportation Department and lawmakers for earmarking funding for “frivolous” projects that could have been spent on repairs to the nation’s crumbling bridges and highways.

“Over the years, the number of highway bill earmarks has exploded,” McCain said in a statement. “Now, Congress wants to bail out the Trust Fund by saddling future generations with even more debt. Doing so is irresponsible.”

Bicycle advocates fired back, arguing that bike paths and walkways are used for 10 percent of U.S. travel and help reduce air pollution and use of foreign oil.

“What the report suggests is that McCain and Coburn do not see nonmotorized transportation as useful transportation spending,” said Darren Flusche, a policy analyst at the League of American Bicyclists. “They don’t see that bicycling is in fact a form of transportation and contributes directly to livable communities.”

August 4, 2009 at 2:26 pm Leave a comment

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