DOA, DON Announce Hawaii Renewable Energy Opportunity

Story Number: NNS100319-03Release Date: 3/19/2010 8:30:00 AM
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From the U.S. Department of Agriculture

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Navy are co-hosting an all day forum in Hawaii April 6 to share information about a recently announced collaborative energy opportunity.

Among those providing remarks are Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen A. Merrigan and Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, assistant secretary of the Navy for installations and environment.

The program is taking place in the Kaneohe Bay Officers Club at Marine Corps Base Kaneohe, Hawaii.

Earlier in 2010, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support President Barack Obama's initiative to reduce energy consumption derived from fossil fuels and increase energy production from renewable energy sources. This energy initiative in Hawaii is a direct result of the MOU.

Hawaii has been selected as the location for the initial collaboration between USDA and the Navy because Hawaii's energy costs are among the highest in the nation and imported oil supplies are 90 percent of the state's energy. A viable agricultural sector in Hawaii can enhance Hawaii's energy security while energy projects, like those anticipated by the Navy's needs, can help rural economies.

Individuals interested in attending are required to register early as seating is limited and arrangements must be made to access the military base. Please note, companies and organizations are limited to sending three representatives. To register go to

Registrations will be accepted until 10 p.m. EST March 26.

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