The Hawai‘i Senate confirmed Gov. David Ige’s pick for the commissioner of the Public Utilities Commission in a vote on Tuesday 17 April 2018. Jennifer Potter, assistant specialist at the Hawai‘i Natural Energy Institute (HNEI), will be replacing the current commissioner Lorraine Akiba, whose term ends at the end of June. Potter will begin her six-year term on July 1.
Before working at HNEI she was a senior scientific engineering associate at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Potter earned her Master of Science Degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.