Dean Nishina has been named executive director for Department of Commerce and Consumer Affair’s Division of Consumer Advocacy.

He has been serving as acting executive director since Sept. 1, following the departure of Jeffrey Ono, who returned to private practice.

Dean Nishina. DCCA

Ono, you may recall, was a familiar voice during the consideration of the rejected NextEra Energy merger with Hawaiian Electric.

As the consumer advocate, says a DCCA press release, “Nishina will oversee the division’s representation of consumer interests before the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission and other local and federal agencies.”

Nishina previously served in the role from December 2009 to January 2011.

“I look forward to continuing to advocate on behalf of the state’s consumers in this dynamic period,” said Nishina. “Hawaii’s energy environment has seen significant changes over recent years. Going forward, we remain committed to balancing the demands of Hawaii’s energy landscape to promote renewable energies to achieve the state’s goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2045.”

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