Richard Ha writes:
Mina Morita is resigning from her position on the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, Governor David Ige’s office yesterday.
After noting "many in the energy industry had applauded [then-Governor Neil] Abercrombie's appointment of Morita, who is known as a strong advocate and expert on clean energy," Pacific Business News wrote:
But some questioned her leadership in a PUC decision denying the Aina Koa Pono project's 20-year Big Island biofuel supply contract with Hawaii Electric Light Co.
I can’t let that slide.
We in the Big Island Community Coalition applaud her leadership. We do not question her leadership in the slightest, and we regret that she is resigning.
It is because of Mina Morita’s leadership that the Aina Koa Pono (AKP) project didn’t go through, and that is a good thing.
Here’s what I wrote about this back in 2012. I saw the potential for disaster back then, and so did Mina Morita. It’s because of her Aina Koa Pono didn’t succeed and this didn’t happen. That’s true leadership. She is a true consumer advocate.