About the Hawaii Energy Policy Forum

The Hawaii Energy Policy Forum was established in 2002 as a collaborative energy planning and policy group. The organization consists of roughly 40 representatives from business, academia, government, and non-profit organizations. 

Members of the Hawaii Energy Policy Forum commit to:

Foster openness, trust, and respect when we:

  • Encourage frank discussions from all perspectives;
  • Participate actively with integrity and empathy;
  • Identify areas of agreement and seek understanding when addressing competing interests;
  • Report differing viewpoints accurately;
  • Maintain transparency in Forum processes, information and work products;
  • Acknowledge contributions and successes.

Enable collaboration when we:

  • Create opportunities to connect and share information and data;
  • Create a framework for dialogue to understand competing positions on issues;
  • Promote partnerships on projects.

Create value through action when we:

  • Leverage existing resources and relationships to achieve greater impacts;
  • Set milestones and deliverables and hold ourselves accountable by achieving and sharing results;
  • Evaluate our performance on an ongoing basis;
  • Adapt to changing needs.

Support factual information sharing and education when we:

  • Ask the right questions to identify and prioritize stakeholder needs;
  • Establish clear, consistent, and realistic expectations and objectives;
  • Gather reliable quality data and information of best practices;
  • Conduct analysis and research and support;
  • Vet statements, positions and qualify facts and information;
  • Present all sides, identify trade-offs and choices, and clarify complexities;
  • Share information tailored to diverse audiences in a timely manner;
  • Diversify the mechanisms by which we deliver information to the public.

Serve the greater good when we:

  • Place higher-level societal goals over personal and organizational agendas;
  • Take a holistic view of energy policy in harmony with other state policy objectives;
  • Weigh carefully economic, environmental and equity impacts;
  • Increase participation of underserved communities.

The Hawaii Energy Policy Forum had its beginnings in May 2002, when the University of Hawaii at Manoa was funded by the Hawaiian Electric Company to bring together energy stakeholders to chart a new future for energy in Hawaii. For decades Hawaii’s dependence on imported fossils fuels increased despite numerous planning efforts and advances in renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. 

The University of Hawaii team took a new approach to collaborative energy planning by convening relevant energy stakeholder and other community leaders to develop an energy vision for the year 2030 and a strategy to ensure its implementation.  The University with its 30-member advisory group (later to become the Hawaii Energy Policy Forum,) commissioned studies of renewable energy options, energy efficiency and conservation, hydron futures, and future greenhouse gas emissions regulations.  The goal was to incorporate as many different perspectives and the broadest possible experience into the design of a flexible, forward-looking energy strategy that would be environmentally friendly, renewable, safe, reliable, and affordable.

In December of 2003, to get broader community input fora strategy for Hawaiiʻs energy future, the Hawaii Energy Policy Summit was convened. From the Summit, a long-term, strategic, comprehensive, and action-oriented plan was developed, which was documented in Hawaii at the Crossroads: A Long Term Energy Strategy (PDF)  that included guiding principles and policy options to meet Hawaii’s long-term energy needs. Additional funding from the State Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism, the Hawaii Community Foundation, and the Department of Health and University of Hawaii, provided further support for Forum projects, governance and administration.

In its early years, the Forum was instrumental in several significant areas—including focusing priority and getting energy issues “on the decision-making table,” promoting funding and needed reform for the State’s utility regulatory agencies  (i.e., the Public Utilities Commission and the Division of Consumer Advocacy), and commissioning studies, reports and briefings to raise the level of dialog concerning energy issues for legislators and the general public.  The Forum sponsors and organizes several well attended annual events, including Hawaii Clean Energy Day, and a Legislative Briefing at the Capitol at the opening of each legislative session, and sponsors programs to develop reliable information and educate and raise awareness in the community, including The Clean Energy Metrics Project, ongoing participation in initiatives promoting sustainability and transportation reforms, and weekly energy shows on ThinkTech Hawaii.

David Bissell CEO Kauai Island Utility Cooperative
Megan Blazak Rural Economic Development Supervisor The Kohala Center
Jade Butay Director Hawaii Department of Transportation
Carl Campagna Exectutive Director Hawaii Bioeconomy Trade Organization
Caroline Carl Deputy Director Hawaii Energy
Susan Chan Business Representative International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 1260
Albert Chee Public Affairs Manager Island Energy Services
Jacqueline Concat  District Director Office of Congressman Ed Case
Murray Clay Managing Partner Ulupono Initiative
Richard DeGarmo Director, Renewable Energy & Capitol Projects Hawaii Gas
Alexander de Roode Energy Commissioner County of Maui
Mitch Ewan Hydrogen Systems Program Manager Hawaii Natural Energy Institute
Carl Freedman President Haiku Design & Analysis
Matthias Fripp Assistant Professor Renewable Energy & Island Sustainability
Brandon Garay Military Liason Office of US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard
Will Giese Executive Director Hawaii Solar Energy Association
Scott Glenn CEO Hawaii State Energy Office
Dale Hahn Senior Policy Advisor Office of US Senator Brian Schatz
Mike Hammett Principal Investigator UH Social Sciences Research Institute
Sherilyn Hayashida Assistant Specialist UH Manoa Public Policy Center
Lorraine Inouye Transportation Chair Senate Transportation Committee
Russell Koehler Senior Energy Engineer Marine Corps Base Hawaii
Nicole Lowen Energy & Environmental Protection Chair House Energy & Environmental Protection Committee
Melissa Miyashiro Managing Director, Strategy & Policy Blue Planet Foundation
Rocky Mould Energy Program Manager City & County of Honolulu Office of Climate Change, Sustainability & Resiliency
Dean Nishina Executive Director Division of Consumer Advocacy
Melissa Pavlicek President Hawaii Public Policy Advocates
Jennifer Potter Comissioner Public Utilities Commission
Rick Rocheleau Director Hawaii Natural Energy Institute
Ross Roley Energy Innovation Lead U.S Pacific Command (PACOM)
David Rolf Executive Director Hawaii Automobile Dealers Association
Peter Rosegg Corporate Relations Hawaiian Electric Company
Riley Saito Energy Specialist County of Hawaii
Denise Salmeron Energy Coordinator US Department of Agriculture, Rural Development
Scott Seu Senior Vice President, Public Affairs Hawaiian Electric Company
Carilyn Shon Energy Administrator Hawaii State Energy Office, DBEDT
Joelle Simonpietri President Simonpietri Enterprises LLC
Ben Sullivan Energy Coordinator Office of Economic Development, County of Kauai
Lance Tanaka Director, Government & Public Affairs Par Hawaii
Maria Tome Renewable Energy Program Manager Hawaii State Energy Office
Glenn Wakai Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism Judiciary Chair Senate Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism Committee 
Richard Wallsgrove Assistant Professor William S. Richardson School of Law
Alan Yamamoto State Director Office of US Senator Mazie Hirono
Julie Yunker Senior Project Developer Hawaii Gas





John Cole (Chair)

Caroline Carl (Vice Chair)



Maria Tome (Chair)

Mitch Ewan (Vice-Chair)



Lance Tanaka (Chair)


Performance Metrics

Carl Freedman (Chair)


Outreach and Education

Peter Rosegg (Chair)

Mitch Ewan /Maria Tome (Vice-Chair)


Network-Based Governance Model

Ben Sullivan (Chair)

Rocky Mould (Vice-Chair)


Last updated 5/29/20