Last 30th June ITC was invited to participate in the Fresh Water Forum on Volcanic Islands organized by RENEW REBUILD HAWAII, a cross-sector consortia – public/private partnership including all levels of government, military, nonprofits, university, and utilities/energy industry – that meet to exchange information and promote energy efficiency initiatives, financing, and programs. The Forum was supported by the Hawaii State Energy Office.
The Canary Islands program was presented by Dr. Salvador Suárez (Head of the ITC Renewable Energy Department) and Mr. Juan Antonio de la Fuente (Researcher at the Water Department), it drew 88 people from all over Hawaii, the highest number any of the previous events had generated. The attending public showed great interest in the know-how accumulated by ITC in its more than 25 years working on solutions related to the Water-Energy nexus, as well as in the measures developed to face the historic water resources scarcity suffered in the Canarian Archipelago and the initiatives carried out in order to achieve the maximum penetration of renewable energies in the weak electrical grid existing in the Canary Islands.
The local speakers were Barry Usagawa P.E. (Program Administrator for the Water Resources Division of the Honolulu Board of Water Supply), Eugene Tian, PhD (State of Hawaii economist) and Manfred Zapka PhD, P.E, (Great Places and Spaces).
The video with all the interventions is available here: