HONOLULU (AP) - The state Senate has confirmed Randall Iwase's appointment to lead the Public Utilities Commission.
Iwase has been the commission's acting chairman since his nomination in January.
Iwase said in a statement he's grateful to the senators for their confidence vote on Tuesday.
He told members of the Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection last week that he planned to make public input a priority when reviewing NextEra Energy's plan to take over Hawaiian Electric.
Committee Chairwoman Sen. Rosalyn Baker, a Democrat, says Iwase will be part of decision making that will shape the energy landscape for all of Hawaii's people.
Republican state Sen. Sam Slom says Iwase is a man of integrity and transcends partisan issues.