Representative Lowen Named to National Electricity Advisory Committee
July 10, 2020
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has named Representative Nicole Lowen (D-6 Kailua-Kona, Holualoa) as a new member of the Electricity Advisory Committee (EAC), which provides advice to the DOE in implementing the Energy Policy Act of 2005, executing the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, and modernizing the nation’s electricity delivery infrastructure.
Each member is appointed by U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette for a two-year term beginning on July 1, 2020. The group reports to the DOE’s Assistant Secretary for Electricity and meets three times a year to advise DOE on a variety of electricity issues.
Representative Lowen is the Chair of the House Energy & Environmental Protection Committee.
“As EAC members we advise DOE on current and future electric grid reliability, resilience, security, sector interdependence, and policy issues,” said Representative Lowen. “My goal is to bring Hawaii’s unique perspective to the conversation, and to further our nation’s commitment to renewables, resilience, and a clean energy future.”
The 35 members of the EAC are from state governments, regional planning entities, utility companies, cybersecurity and national security firms, the natural gas sector, equipment manufacturers, construction and architectural companies, non-governmental organizations, and other electricity-related organizations. Rep. Lowen will be one of two elected officials in the nation to serve on the committee.