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.