The Hawai'i state Senate confirmed Michael Champlye, a Maui resident, as a member of the Public Utilities Commission. He has been serving as an interim member since his appointment by Gov. Neil Abercrombie in September.
"Mr. Champley's extensive professional experience in the energy industry, commitment to public service and proven leadership throughout his career are all important characteristics that make him an asset to the PUC," said South and West Maui Sen. Roz Baker. Her committee was responsible for recommending Champley's confirmation.
Before his appointment, Champley was an energy consultant focusing on clean energy resource integration in the state. He was a senior level executive at DTE Energy, where he held several executive positions, including senior vice president for regulatory affairs and senior vice president for power supply.
Champley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Dayton and a Masters of Business Administration from Indiana University with an emphasis in finance and public utility economics.