(Pacific Business News) Gov. Neil Abercrombie set the tone for the 2012 Asia-Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo early and often during his opening remarks on Monday.
The several hundred people gathered in the crowded room at the Hawaii Convention Center were reminded time and again that Hawaii is the state of collaboration, especially in the clean energy sector.
“We try to work swiftly with partners,” Abercrombie said. “It is not just a matter of energy security, but it’s an economic necessity to find partners to help us reach our clean energy goals.”
U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, continued the collaborative theme by noting that Hawaii ranks third nationally in clean energy job growth and that the state must stay the course.
“We are investing a change that is bold and innovative,” he said. “We [Hawaii] are a test bed for the region.”
As PBN first reported, Abercrombie signed an agreement on Monday that calls for Hawaii and China to jointly pursue clean-energy projects. The agreement will identify Chinese firms that will seek opportunities in Hawaii and with its companies.
And shortly after the summit, a letter of intent for a memorandum of understanding is expected to be signed for a Korean Smart Grid Project, which will test innovative automated metering infrastructure in a hospitality industry setting.
“In Hawaii, you have always had people welcoming you,” Abercrombie told the crowd. “You will enjoy working with us.”