Senate confirms Governor's pick for public utilities commissioner

Senate confirms Governor's pick for public utilities commissioner
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Senate confirmed Gov. David Ige's pick for the commissioner of the Public Utilities Commission in a vote on Tuesday.

Jennifer Potter will be replacing the current commissioner Lorraine Akiba, whose term ends at the end of June. Potter will begin her six-year term on July 1.

Potter works as an assistant specialist with the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute.

Before working at the Institute she was a senior scientific engineering associate at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Potter earned her Master of Science Degree in Public Police and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

"Based on her history with municipal districts in California, working for the Natural Energy Institute here in Hawaii, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the experience she has in regards to demand side, pricing, and researching smart options, I think she's going to provide the wealth of background and knowledge to the PUC to help move the agenda forward," said Sen. Rosalyn Baker, in a news release.

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