By Pacific Business News (Honolulu)

Mark Glick has been named administrator of the state Energy Office, in charge of managing, developing and implementing Hawaiiâ¿¿s energy programs, policies and clean energy initiatives and helping the state meet its goal of 70 percent renewable energy by 2030.

Glick, who started his job on Monday, comes to the position with experience in both the public and private sectors.

He previously managed the state Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourismâ¿¿s $9.5 million Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant and was adviser to the Hawaii Economic Development Task Force created by the Food and Energy Security Act.

Prior to joining DBEDT, Glick was in charge of operations and economic development at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. He also helped develop an alternative fuels program in Texas in the late 1980s and early â¿¿90s and worked on clean air and environmental policy related to energy, and prior to that managed several small businesses that developed clean energy projects and policies, he said.

⿿Mark⿿s pioneering work in clean energy policy and project management, environmental stewardship, finance and federal and state grant acquisition will be invaluable in building a clean energy economy for Hawaii,⿝ DBEDT Director Richard Lim said in a statement. ⿿I⿿m confident that his commitment and drive will energize our efforts to create green initiatives and jobs for Hawaii.⿝

One of Glick⿿s top priorities is the interisland cable necessary for implementation of the ⿿Big Wind⿝ project, he said.

⿿It⿿s really essential for us to meeting our utility-scale renewable energy needs, and essential to meeting our 70 percent renewable energy goal,⿝ he said. ⿿It⿿s essentially creating an interconnected grid so that we expand the opportunity and use economies of scale to introduce utility-scale renewable energy.⿝

Hawaii⿿s state Energy Office also will be looking at ⿿large-scale kilowatt-per-hour installations and be ranking them, prioritizing them, facilitating through the process of permitting and financing, doing our best to make those key projects happen,⿝ Glick said.

Glick replaces Ted Peck, who left the state job in January to become president of Kuokoa, a local startup that aims to take over Hawaiian Electric Co. parent Hawaiian Electric Industries and take it private. Estrella Seese had been serving as acting administrator until Monday.

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