Assistant Researcher

James “Jay” Griffin joined the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) faculty in 2009, working on several research projects analyzing renewable grid integration challenges in Hawaii. Starting in 2012, Jay took a leave of absence from HNEI to serve as the Chief of Policy and Research at the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (HPUC). He led the HPUC’s team of researchers and economists assisting Commission decision-making with energy policy research and analysis. In July, he returned to his faculty position to lead research initiatives to support the state’s clean energy goals, and develop a technology testing and demonstration program for emerging distributed energy resource technologies.

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