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HECO hires Senior Vice President


Chuck Freedman: 543-4440
May 21, 2002

HECO hires Senior Vice President to focus on technology solutions 

As part of its commitment to play a leadership role in pursuing reliable, affordable and environmentally clean energy for Hawaii, Hawaiian Electric Company announced today that it has created a new senior executive position to focus on renewable energy, conservation, load management, distributed resources and other energy technologies. Dr. Karl E. Stahlkopf has joined HECO as Senior Vice President of Energy Solutions and Chief Technology Officer, reporting to HECO President and CEO T. Michael May.

In his new role, Stahlkopf will build on the company’s ongoing technology activities to develop a comprehensive technology roadmap for the company. The plan will include research, development and implementation of alternative energy technologies, including renewable energy, distributed generation, hydrogen technologies and other efficient end-user electrotechnologies.

“Helping Hawaii decrease its use of imported fuel is a top priority for us,“ said HECO’s May. “Developing and applying new technologies to help do that in Hawaii will take public and private collaboration. We are bringing Karl here to be a key leader in helping create our State’s new energy future.”

Prior to joining HECO, Stahlkopf was Vice President of Power Delivery at the Palo Alto-based Electric Power Research Institute, where he had overall responsibility for the direction of EPRI’s $100 million electric transmission, distribution and distributed resources research and development budget. Many of his projects at EPRI involved initiating and working with international utilities as well as government and private partnerships.

Before joining EPRI, Stahlkopf was a Research Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley and a technical consultant on nuclear submarine propulsion for the U.S. Chief of Naval Operations. He is the author of six technical books and over 90 peer reviewed papers and holds one patent, with two pending, in the application of lasers to high-speed communication.

He is founder and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for Sure-Tech, a jointly owned corporation between EPRI and Siemens which makes power electronic devices; founding President and CEO and current Board member of EPRIsolutions, the technical consulting and services subsidiary of EPRI; and was instrumental in the founding of Micromonitors, the start-up company making high technology predictive maintenance sensors for the electric power industry.

He serves on the editorial board of Electric Light & Power magazine and served on the U.S. Secretary of Energy’s Task Force on Electric Reliability.

Stahlkopf first came to the islands in 1965 as a member of the first crew of the nuclear submarine Kamehameha SSBN 642. He met his wife, Carole, here during that time while she was a teacher at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Since the beginning of the year, HECO has announced a series of private and public partnership efforts involving the development of new energy technologies for Hawaii.

These include: 

  • The co-sponsorship of a fuel cell test facility on HECO’s Ward Avenue property, scheduled to open this summer. 
  • Plans by HECO and its neighbor island subsidiary utilities on Maui and the Big Island to conduct pilot projects using distributed generation in cooperation with commercial customers. 
  • A memorandum of understanding between HECO and a consortium of energy organizations to collaborate on energy research projects to seek funding for and implement projects which will accelerate commercialization of advanced power and energy technologies.

“There is no single resource, technology nor organization which holds the key to Hawaii’s energy future. This will take a collective effort and the talent of many people, including Karl,” May summarized.