Friday, February 6, 2009

Pacific Business News Profiles HECO’s New CEO

We normally wouldn’t take much notice of personnel matters inside Hawaii’s largest electric utility, but since what happens inside the company will affect what happens outside like never before, we’re more than a little interested in Hawaiian Electric Company's new chief executive officer.

The new Pacific Business News (Feb. 6 edition) carries an extensive profile on Dick Rosenblum, who was lured out of (a young) retirement. (Subscribers to the print edition can link to the article here; others will have to buy the business weekly.)

With the transition to a different kind of utility now underway, he takes the helm at a critical time in the company’s evolution – perhaps the equal of the transition engineered by C. Dudley Pratt, Jr. when the Hawaiian Electric Industries holding company was formed in 1981.

Rosenblum brings considerable expertise in power generation and delivery to the islands, but there’s one piece of experience we hope is mostly irrelevant during his tenure here – his role as chief nuclear officer for Southern California Edison. We filed our thoughts about nuclear power in Hawaii under our “Fuggitaboutit” post last week.

Welcome to Honolulu, Dick Rosenblum. We wish you good luck and much success in guiding HECO’s evolution to a utility that helps accelerate development of renewable energy and phases out fossil fuel for the generation of electricity in the islands.

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