Hawaii Gov. David Ige will talk about renewable energy in Hawaii this week as part of a Washington, D.C. forum on energy held by the Washington Post.

The forum, “Powering Cities,” will take place on Tuesday, June 23 and feature government officials and business leaders including Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Diarmuid O’Connell, vice president of business development at Tesla.

Ige was asked to talk about Hawaii’s plan to generate 100 percent of electricity from renewable energy resources by 2045. He recently signed Act 97, which makes Hawaii the first state to set a 100 percent renewable energy goal.

The governor is scheduled to speak at 7:30 a.m. Hawaii time and residents can watch the event live at wapo.st/energy or governor.hawaii.gov.

While in D.C., Ige will also meet with federal officials to discuss affordable housing, making it easier for international visitors to come to Hawaii and the upcoming International Union for Conservation of Nature World Conservation Congress which is happening next year.

The total cost of the trip, which includes the price of sending two security officers and the governor’s communications director, is $10,400. The governor plans to return Thursday.

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