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Ulupono Initiative Partner to Assist in Long-Term Planning for Puerto Rico

December 12, 2017, 3:09 PM HST
* Updated December 12, 3:10 PM
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Ulupono Initiative General Partner Kyle Datta. PC: Ulupono Initiative

The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority today named Ulupono Initiative General Partner Kyle Datta of West Hawai‘i on the Big Island to a new Transformation Advisory Council, which will assist in the development of a long-term vision and transformation execution plan for the power system in Puerto Rico following the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

“I am honored to be able to help our island friends in Puerto Rico rebuild their electrical system to be more renewable, affordable and resilient,” Datta said. “In Hawai‘i, our experience in renewables and distributed energy will be valuable for the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority. Our island grids are similarly vulnerable to Category 4 or greater hurricanes, so we will learn many lessons from working with Puerto Rico.”

The TAC consists of recognized executive leaders from the public power and investor-owned utility sector and from select non-governmental organizations. Another Hawai‘i utility industry leader that joins Datta on the TAC is David Bissell, CEO of the Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative.

As general partner of Ulupono Initiative, Datta is responsible for developing the impact investment firm’s partnerships with stakeholders, policy makers and community organizations. He also oversees the organization’s systems-thinking approach to strategy development and transformation. Datta received a master’s degree in public and private management from the Yale School of Organization and Management, as well as a master’s degree in environmental science in resource economics from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Read PREPA’s news release here.

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Ulupono Initiative LLC is a for-profit, impact investment firm that strives to improve the quality of life for the people of Hawai‘i by working toward solutions that create more locally grown food, increase clean renewable energy and better management of waste and water. For more information about Ulupono Initiative, visit www.ulupono.com.

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