Senate confirms Ige's pick for Hawaii Public Utilities Commission

April 23, 2018

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Hawaii lawmakers last week confirmed the nomination of Jennifer “Jennie” Potter to serve on the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission.

Potter, currently an assistant specialist with the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, will join chairman Randall Iwaseand James Griffin as PUC commissioners this summer.

State Senators confirmed Potter's nomination in a unanimous decision, voting 24-0, on Monday.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige nominated Potter last month to replace outgoing commissioner Lorraine Akiba, whose term expires on June 30.

“Jennifer has a solid background and extensive experience that will enable her to serve well on the Public Utilities Commission. I look forward to working with her to achieve a 100 percent clean energy future,” Ige said in a statement on March 19.

Potter, who worked as a senior scientific engineering associate in the electricity market and policy group at Lawrence Berkley National Lab prior to joining HNEI, will begin her six-year term on July 1.