Alternative energy panel set for Tuesday

LIHUE — Alternative energy is the subject of a panel discussion Tuesday geared at opening up a conversation about what role liquified natural gas might play in Kauai’s future.

Can liquified natural gas be used to diversify our energy system and reduce costs as we eliminate fossil fuels over the long term, or is it a dangerous distraction in our quest for clean energy and a sustainable global climate?

The event is free, open to the public and hosted by Apollo Kauai, a grassroots organization that promotes the use of alternative energy. It is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Lihue’s Niumalu Canoe Club Hale on the harborside of Kalapaki Beach.

Among the speakers are Jeff Mikulina, executive director of Blue Planet Foundation; Joe Boivin, senior vice president of business development and corporate affairs for Hawaii Gas, Mina Morita, who blogs about energy issues; and Brad Rockwell, power supply manager for Kauai Island Utility Cooperative.

“We are having this very important conversation in our community that many people are having in their own communities around the world,” said Laurel Brier of Apollo Kauai. “When and how will we give up our dependency on fossil fuel? We believe an informed public is more likely to engage in positive action.”

The mission of Apollo Kauai is to promote energy efficiency and conservation, support the development of responsible renewable energy resources and advocate for the use of energy efficient transportation systems.

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