The Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit and Expo (APRISE2014) will be held at the Hawai‘i Convention Center from September 15 to 17, 2014.
Over the past four years the conference has established itself as Hawaii's premier energy event of the year.
The conference has traditional political stump speeches, fascinating energy talks and cutting edge projects under development.
LaserMotive was highlighted in 2011. They won a Defense Department challenge by developing a plane with solar panels on the underside of wings.
Everything from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to helicopters and planes can avoid the need to have heavy fuels on board. They can be powered by ground-based lasers.
In 2013 Governor Abercrombie gave one of his famous “My Way is the Only Way” speeches.
The Governor announced that his three prong Action Plan – Interisland Transmission Lines, Smart Grids and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) – was the only path forward.
“Failure to act, on this kind of an Action Plan, is not an option, not an option if we’re going to survive. We’re not willing to allow our engines for economic transformation to hit the brick wall of indifference.”
True to his often bombastic style, Abercrombie then chastised those with opposing positions describing them as those who focus on “inaction and words to no effect.”
He stressed that the three Commissioners on the Public Utilities Commission are “political appointments” there to do his will. Only months later he tried to get rid of PUC Chair Hermina Morita.
Governor Abercrombie described how carefully he balances his views and how weak his opponents are.
“Our third strategy is to balance technical, economic, environmental and cultural considerations. Yes, we have to take points of view into account. But an opinion that is merely opinion is not going to be good enough. It has to be science-based. It has to be reality-based.”
Governor Abercrombie was largely speaking to a business audience, as he had back in March 2012 when he addressed the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce.
West Hawaii Today editor Reed Flickinger captured the Governor’s speech that day.
“’There will be no more obstruction from someone who found their cultural roots six minutes ago.’
Abercrombie then leaned further to the right and addressed environmental laws, sounding particularly and uncharacteristically conservative.
Moving projects forward, in light of environmental laws, is important, but he said he ‘helped write some of those laws’ and ‘they are not meant to stop things.’ ‘Historic preservation (laws) never meant ‘I don’t like it so I’m going to stop it.’
He spoke of his quest for authority to move past ‘pseudo-environmental’ and cultural issues to fast-track things, adding ‘if you don’t approve, throw me out of office; I am accountable.’
He then took a strong right jab at due process and a long stride from constitutional balance of powers and said he’d like to throw some of the environmental and cultural opponents of projects ‘out of court.’”
Governor Abercrombie will open the 2014 conference the month after the primary, where residents of the Aloha State will decide if they want to re-elect the Governor.
During the past three years the conference has been called the Asia Pacific Clean Energy (APCE) conference, sometimes confused with the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings.
This year the conference has been renamed: Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit and Expo (APRISE2014). The conference is aimed at global business, technology and policy leadership.
The four pillars of the conference are energy, agriculture, water and security.
The new buzz word is resilience. How fast can a system recover from a disaster?
Registration by August 15 lowers the cost of the conference by $100.
The full conference fee is $595 (Hawaii residents), $695 (Out-of-state Government/Academic/Start-up) and $1095 (Industry/Corporate).
Over 30 exhibitors have signed up including Hawaiian Electric Company, Hawaii Energy, Hawaii Gas, Hawai`i State Energy Office (DBEDT), First Wind, AECOM and Sempra.
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