James “Jay” P. Griffin, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Hawaiʻi Natural Energy Institute assistant researcher, has been appointed to an interim seat on the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) by Gov. David Ige.
Previously, Griffin was chief of policy and research at PUC, leading staff and consultant teams in analyzing state energy policy decisions, including long-term power supply planning.
“We are excited to find a talented individual in Jay Griffin, who has demonstrated expertise and is aligned with our commitment to a 100 percent clean energy future,” said Governor Ige.
“I would like to thank Gov. Ige for this incredible opportunity to return to the PUC. I look forward to working with Chair Iwase and the commission that will help realize Hawaiʻi’s potential for a clean energy future,” said Griffin.
Griffin earned his bachelor’s degree in political economy from Williams College, his joint master’s degrees in public policy and environmental management from Duke University, his master’s degree in economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and his PhD in policy analysis from Pardee RAND Graduate School in Santa Monica in 2008.
Griffin’s interim appointment is effective June 5, 2017 and is subject to the advise and consent process and senate confirmation.