Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Sustainable Agriculture & Energy Share Top Billing

Jerome Renick and Richard Ha
Big Islanders Richard Ha and Jerome Renick flew to Honolulu to be on Energy Futures this week, bringing with them an agricultural perspective that was refreshingly different from what passes for normal fare in Honolulu.

Richard is president of Hamakua Springs Country Farms located on the slopes of Mauna Kea on the Big Island, and Jerry is with the Integrated Agriculture Network, also on the Big Island’s Hamakua Coast. They both champion expansion of Hawaii’s agriculture sector as part of a broader sustainability endeavor, including energy independence.

Kelly King, vice president of Pacific Biodiesel, called in from her Maui office to talk about the company's blessing of a new facility in Keaau on the Big Island this week. It will use cooking oil and the residue of grease traps to process into biofuel. Contributing in the program’s last segment was Hawaii Solar Energy Association President Mark Duda, who answered callers’ questions on solar energy.

Monday, February 8

Wave energy will be our focus in the next program. State Representative Cynthia Thielen will be with us in the studio to take listeners’ calls. Joining us by phone will be representatives of Oceanlinx, an Australian company that is actively pursuing a wave energy project off the coast of Maui.

Energy Futures is broadcast “live” on Mondays 5-6 pm HST on KIPO-FM (89.3 in Hawaii) and is streamed on the Internet. An archived file of Monday's show is posted at the Hawaii Public Radio website.

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