State Energy Administrator Ted Peck and Sierra Club Hawaii director Robert Harris were the first guests on Energy Futures when the Hawaii Public Radio program began on July 6, 2009. They returned yesterday for producer and host Doug Carlson’s final show in his volunteer gig.
Beth-Ann Kozlovich, executive producer of HPR’s public affairs programming, will carry on in Doug’s former role at least for a while as he devotes full time to Carlson Communications, his communications consultancy with special attention to renewable energy and sustainability, including building the Honolulu rail system. There’s been considerable positive feedback from the community about the weekly show, which was broadcast live 5-6 pm HST Mondays on KIPO-FM, 89.3 in Hawaii. (August 2010 Update: the program no longer is part of HPR's public affairs lineup.)
Energy Futures has devoted more time than the daily media can to a wide range of issues and technologies during the past seven months – geothermal energy, wind, solar, wave, biofuel, ocean thermal energy conversion (Doug’s favorite), climate change, sea level rise, the Public Utilities Commission, feed-in tariffs, energy conservation, electric vehicles, food and agriculture sustainability and so on. One of the first shows looked into Native Hawaiian concerns about renewable energy development.
Ted and Robert covered numerous energy issues and took listeners' questions on Monday’s program. Next week, Beth-Ann will take a close look at Hawaiian Electric Company’s recent filing with the PUC to suspend additional photovoltaic hookups in Maui and Hawaii counties while studies are conducted on grid reliability. Ted Peck will be back, along with a HECO representative.