KIUC Board of Directors, from left to right: Jim Mayfield, Peter Yukimura, David Iha, Cal Murashige, Allan A. Smith, Jan TenBruggencate, Dee Crowell, Janet Kass, Phil Tacbian
The Kauaʻi Island Utility Cooperative Board of Directors is asking cooperative members and other stakeholders for public input on a discussion draft of a new strategic plan. The new plan as drafted establishes a 100% renewable target by 2033, along with goals addressing energy costs, reliability and resiliency.
In the 2016 plan, the board set an aggressive target for KIUC to source 70% of its energy using renewables by 2030. KIUC achieved this in 2021, nine years ahead of schedule. The 2016 plan also set goals regarding costs, reliability and climate change.
“With many of the 2016 goals met and in progress, we’ve decided to embark on the adoption of a new, bold and well-targeted Strategic Plan for 2023-2033,” said Strategic Planning Committee Chair Jim Mayfield. “We have worked hard on this plan. Being a member-owned cooperative, we are very interested in receiving public comments, and we would expect that changes to the plan may occur based on those comments.”
Taking into consideration recent economic trends, federal legislation, global impacts and sustainability plans by the United Nations, State of Hawaiʻi and County of Kauaʻi, the board agreed upon the following goals:
Goal 1 – Cost of Electricity. KIUC will deliver reliable electricity at the lowest possible cost.
Goal 2 – Carbon Footprint. KIUC will contribute to a sustainable Kauaʻi by reaching 100% renewable generation by 2033.
Goal 3 – Resiliency and Reliability. KIUC will become more resilient, improve reliability, and be better able to handle operational challenges and threats from cybersecurity, local climate change impacts, and natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods.
More details on these discussion draft goals and how to provide comments is available on the KIUC website: kiuc.coop/strategicplan2023. The Board of Directors is accepting public comments on the draft until November 1, 2022.