Friends of NELHA (FON) will continue its series of lectures about energy at the NELHA Gateway Visitor Center on Thursday, January 30. The second speaker in the series is Andrea Gill, State of Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism (DBEDT) Renewable Energy Specialist. Her topic will be “Understanding Energy/Electricity
Costs.” The Exceptional Energy Lecture Series event will start at 5:30 pm and admission is free.
Andrea Gill has lived in Hilo since 1979. She hails from Honolulu and attended Roosevelt High School and Stanford University. While at Stanford, Gill co-authored a four-volume report on biomass energy for Hawaii. After graduation, she began working for the State’s energy program, managing a solar planning project and then opening the Hawaii Energy Extension Service office in Hilo. She has authored a number of papers on ocean energy and the direct use of geothermal energy for presentation at energy industry conferences.
Andrea Gill also served as co-chair of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative’s Electricity Working Group, which discussed programs to expand the use of renewable energy in Hawaii through increased generation and improvements in transmission and distribution systems. Among her recent projects was the development of Renewable EnerGIS, an online mapping tool that permits landowners, developers, and policy makers assess the renewable energy resources and pertinent attributes – like rainfall and zoning – for specific land parcels and ocean locations statewide.
The Exceptional Energy Lecture Series consists of five lectures on energy issues. The series is sponsored in part by the Hawaii Energy Resource Center, a component of the County of Hawaii’s Department of Research and Development. A lecture on “Energy Resource Optimization” is scheduled for Wednesday, February 19.
Call FON at 808.329.8073 for more information on the Exceptional Energy Lecture Series.