Robbie Alm, who has been the public face of Hawaiian Electric Co. for the past decade, will be leaving the company August 30, according to a company press release. 

Alm has led the company’s transition toward renewable energy since the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative was signed by the State and HECO in 2008. He joined the utility, which serves Oahu, the Big Island and Maui County in 2001.

Alm said he plans to spend more time focusing on his family and personal life, while continuing his work with various community organizations. 

From a HECO press release: 

Alm joined Hawaiian Electric in 2001 as senior vice president of public affairs and was promoted to executive vice president in 2008. During his tenure, the company established a stronger community-oriented approach to project planning – an approach that contributed to the successful completion of such projects as the East Oahu Transmission Project, the Keahole Power Plant on Hawaii Island, and the company’s Campbell Industrial Park generating station, which is the world’s largest combustion turbine fueled entirely with renewable biodiesel. He was one of the chief architects of the company’s comprehensive energy agreement with the state as part of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative.

 “The time is right for this transition,” said Alm. “In 2008, we signed an energy agreement with the State of Hawaii to move our state away from oil and toward a renewable energy future. Five years later, we’ve doubled the amount of renewable energy that is meeting our customers’ needs to 18 percent. And we’re well ahead of the state’s next milestone goal of 15 percent by 2015.

“Recently, we filed a new energy plan with the Public Utilities Commission. The PUC must still review those plans, and there is more work to come. But we’ve set a course to provide even more low-cost clean energy to our customers. I have full confidence in our next generation of leaders to take our plans to the next level. And I will always be willing to help in any way I can. 

 

 

Sophie Cocke