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Electric Utilities : “The Future is Not What It Used to Be” Conference

At the Electric Utilities “The Future is Not What It Used to Be” Conference held on Maui from March 26-28th, 2014, President and CEO of Parker Ranch Inc. and Paniolo Power Company, Neil “Dutch” Kuyper gave a speech entitled, “Connecting the Dots: Energy Opportunities for Waimea.”

The speech highlights Parker Ranch’s rationale for commencing a comprehensive analysis of its resources with a consortium of world-class partners including Siemens, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Pace Global. Mr. Kuyper describes the Ranch’s overarching goal to develop a compelling, competitive plan to transform the Big Island energy landscape over the next 10 years.

Video of Mr. Kuyper’s entire speech and the full panel discussion on “Redefining the Customer’s Role in the Utility of the Future” is available for replay:

Electric Utilities Conference – Part 7 from Akaku Maui Community Media on Vimeo.

Mr. Kuyper is introduced by the panel moderator, Commissioner Lorraine Akiba of the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission. Mr. Kuyper’s speech starts at 08:30 and finishes at 19:00, followed by other panelists and a question and answer session.

2014 Modernizing the Grid: Microgrid on the Big Island

How a Hawaiian cattle ranch is taking its energy future in to its own hands Problem: Hawaii’s prohibitively high electricity prices threaten the prospects of Parker Ranch, a cattle ranch on Waimea.
Solution: Parker Ranch contracted with Siemens and Booz Allen Hamilton to conduct an integrated resource plan examining the energy alternatives available to the ranch. Parker Ranch is actively pursuing those options.   Read the Case Study

Decentralizing allows faster, cheaper plug-in

By Neil “Dutch” Kuyper, Star Advertiser
Aug 24, 2014

We view the transformation of Hawaii’s energy future through the lens of “Faster, Better and Cheaper.” For us, faster is vital because of the detrimental impact of high oil prices on the average resident and business. We need leadership from businesses, communities and policymakers, as well as transformational capital, to advocate for a more progressive plan to reduce our excessive exposure to the uncertainty of world energy markets and actually realize a cleaner energy future.
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Waimea’s Paniolo Power seeking qualifications for hydro system

West Hawaii Today
August 1, 2014

Parker Ranch’s power company subsidiary is looking for providers for a pumped-storage hydroelectric system. Paniolo Power Co. LLC announced their request for qualifications from engineering, procurement and construction providers on Thursday. The process will open next month. The request is the first potential project to emerge from the utility-grade integrated resource plan Parker Ranch initiated last year.
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Civil Beat: Energy Certainty Can Start With Hometown Waimea


Parker Ranch recently announced it has begun a comprehensive integrated resource planning process to evaluate its energy resources — with a major twist — prioritizing the study of a community microgrid for our hometown of Waimea.

Waimea was here long before Parker Ranch. Over time, the sustainability of the Ranch, the oldest private business in the State of Hawaii, and the surrounding community of Waimea became closely intertwined through generations of hard work and a commitment to preserve our way of life, as carried on by many paniolo and their ohana. The long tradition of stewardship and of cultivating our natural resources can continue through a community microgrid, which could serve as a bridge to the future for successive generations.

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Parker Ranch Begins Integrated Energy Resource Plan

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“Parker Ranch recently announced that it is conducting an integrated resource plan to assess the potential for deploying its energy resources to Waimea and the Big Island.”