Hawaiian Electric is hosting public meetings in March where residents can learn about the work to meet clean energy milestones and take part in the company’s “Integrated Grid Planning” (IGP) conversation.

Reaching the statewide goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2045 will require community support. As a result, starting March 3, public forums will be held on three islands featuring a panel discussion and an open house where attendees get information on topics ranging from rooftop solar programs to electrification of transportation.

The meetings are 5 to 7:30 p.m., with the open house from 5 to 6 p.m. followed by a panel discussion on the following days:

  • March 3: Kailua-Kona, Kealakehe High School cafeteria, 74-5000 Puohulihuli St. 96740
  • March 5: Ever wonder how Hawaii will achieve 100 percent renewable energy by 2045? Communities are an important part of the process, which is why : Hilo, Hilo High School cafeteria, 556 Waianuenue Ave. 96720
  • March 10: Honolulu, Hawaii Pacific University multi-purpose Room 3, 1 Aloha Tower Drive 96813
  • March 12: Kahului, Hawaiian Electric-Kahului Auditorium, 210 W. Kamehameha Ave.

Hawaiian Electric wants community members to ask questions and offer their views as part of the planning process, which will identify options for moving Hawaii toward a clean energy future.

Hawaiian Electric will collect public input and continue to collaborate with working groups, a stakeholder council and a technical advisory panel. These groups attend meetings, workshops, and review data, methodologies and reports to help the company develop strategies used for long-term decision-making relating to the state’s energy landscape.

Those who cannot attend in person are encouraged to visit Hawaiian Electric’s Virtual Open House March 2-20 at www.hawaiianelectric.com/igp.

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