Wednesday, May 15, 2002

Hawaiian Electric and UH
team up on energy research

By Russ Lynch

Hawaiian Electric Co. and the University of Hawaii's Hawaii Natural Energy Institute have widened their access to, and support of, research on new ways to create energy without reliance on oil.

They have reached an agreement to collaborate with two related mainland-based organizations, the Electric Power Research Institute and the Electricity Innovation Institute.

Each will share information with the others about new ways to produce renewable energy, which is power from sources other than the world's limited supply of fossil fuels such as oil and coal. They will also be looking for energy resources that don't damage the environment, including both the production of energy and its distribution to neighborhoods.

As yet there is no agenda of specific projects but the partnership reached broad agreement to work together, creating proposals for research and development and working toward demonstrations of how new approaches might work, the organizations said.

The Electric Power Research Institute, EPRI, was founded in 1973 as a nonprofit consortium to help utilities and others on energy and environmental matters. The Electricity Innovation Institute is a nonprofit public benefit organization established to support EPRI in seeking clean, efficient, and affordable electricity.

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