Senior Policy Analyst, Barrel Tax Manager
John Cole has over 16 years of experience in policy and utility regulation. He joined the Hawai‘i Natural Energy Institute at the University of Hawai‘i in 2012, overseeing various projects including grid modeling studies with General Electric, assessing the possible importation of LNG into Hawai‘i, and the Hawai‘i Clean Energy Programmatic EIS, as well as managing projects that are funded with the Institutes’ portion of the Hawai‘i Barrel Tax. Prior to joining HNEI, Mr. Cole served on the Hawai‘i Public Utilities Commission for six years. Mr. Cole has also served as Executive Director of the Division of Consumer Advocacy, Policy Advisor to former Governor Linda Lingle, and as an attorney in various public agencies, legislative offices, and a private firm. Mr. Cole earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from UH-Mānoa and a law degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.