WAILUKU – Maui County Mayor-elect Alan Arakawa announced today his appointment of Douglas (“Doug”) P. McLeod as Energy Commissioner of the County of Maui.

McLeod is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University and formerly practiced as an environmental lawyer.  As an attorney, McLeod worked on energy generation, transmission, and storage issues in at least ten different states.   He also has experience developing renewable energy projects in Hawaii and on the Mainland, including both net metered solar pv projects and the new Feed In Tariff solar pv systems.  On Maui, McLeod built two commercial buildings using “green” principles, and his Two Daughters Building in Kihei is a leading example of energy efficient building practices.

“I am pleased that Doug will be joining our team to help meet the aggressive renewable energy goals of my Administration and to help create jobs while maximizing the millions of dollars in federal treasury grant funds for renewable energy projects,” said Arakawa.  “Doug has the necessary experience and knowhow to push our energy policies forward and to make things actually happen.”
“Maui County is on the leading edge of renewable energy development, and I hope to help Mayor-elect Arakawa find ways for these projects to benefit the people of Maui, Moloka`i and Lana`i in terms of economic development and jobs.  We will also work to identify County-owned facilites that are good candidates for renwable energy systems so that the cost of operating government buildings will be as low as possible,” said McLeod.

Submitted by Mayor Elect Alan Arakawa

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