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IEEE Event: Hawaiian Electric Companies' Support of the Electrification of Transportation

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Date:  Wed, November 08, 2017
Time:  6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location:  i-Lab (Building #37)
Speaker:  Jimmy Yao, Senior Program Manager, Hawaiian Electric

Sponsored by the University of Hawaii IEEE Student Branch and IEEE Hawaii Power & Energy Society Chapter


The Hawaiian Electric Companies have carried out research, demonstration and customer programs to promote electrification of transportation and electrics vehicle charging for over a decade. The transition to alternatively fueled transportation will reduce Hawaii's dependency on fossil fuels, in line with its goal of 100 percent renewable electricity by 2045. Electrifying transportation, especially with renewable generation, is cleaner, more efficient and less expensive for EV customers and it provides system efficiencies that can benefit the grid and thereby all utility customers. The Hawaiian Electric Companies continue to advance delivery of clean, cost-effective and reliable power to its customers. This presentation provides an overview of Hawaiian Electric Companies' support of transportation.


Jimmy Yao is Hawaiian Electric's electrification of transportation senior program manager. For seven years, Jimmy has managed programs to provide public EV charging infrastructure and rate plans to incentivize EV adoption throughout the Companies' service territories. Jimmy has also led and supported research and demonstration of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and other programs with EV stakeholders in Hawaii. He also worked as a meter engineer, supporting metering services and demonstrating Advanced Metering infrastructure. Before Hawaiian Electric, Jimmy worked as a circuit designer and manager for over 20 years with high-tech companies in Hawaii and Seattle.

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