Gov. David Ige is looking for someone to helm the state energy office, which was formally established by the Legislature this past session.

The new Chief Energy Officer will be tasked with overseeing the office, which is attached to the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, and analyzing policy as well as connecting with private sector energy projects, according to a job description. The state is taking applications through July 31.

“Hawaii has been a leader in fighting the climate crisis, and with the right person in this position we can continue to lead the nation and the world,” Ige said in the press release.

Carilyn Shon, who has 17 years in DBEDT, is currently heading the office as an interim director. The position will be subject to senate confirmation during the next legislative session.


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