HLTA hosts Gov. Affairs Committee Meeting with talks by U.S. Rep. Mark Takai, Joe Boivin of Hawaii Gas, and Kyle Datta of Ulupono Initiative.
HLTA hosted U.S. Representative Mark Takai at a Government Affairs Committee meeting on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. The Congressman spoke about opposing the reduction of per diem rates for military and federal personnel, the importance of keeping our Visa Waivers intact, and an update from the federal perspective on an “international” status designation for the Kona International Airport.
Joe Boivin, Senior VP of Hawaii Gas and Kyle Datta, General Partner of Ulupono Initiative also spoke at the meeting to share insight and position statements on the NextEra/HECO merger. Hawaii Gas’ position on the merger is neutral; they neither support nor oppose the merger but require fair competition. Ulupono Initiative supports the merger if NextEra commits to the following conditions: lower electricity rates, ring fencing provisions, firm commitments to accelerating renewable energy generation, reliability and resilience, fair competition, and unbiased planning.
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