Michael E. Champley
Michael E. Champley brings to Hawaii Energy Strategists (HES) over four valuable decades of experience analyzing, integrating and managing complex economic, public policy and technical issues facing the evolving energy industry. A former Hawaii Public Utilities Commissioner (HPUC) and senior utility executive officer, he understands clearly the regulatory challenges clients face. He advises on the uniquestrategic, regulatory policy,and operational issues related to clean energy resource deployment.
Hawaii is at the forefront of addressing the technical, economic, and regulatory policy issues related to high penetration of utility-scale and distributed renewable energy resources. Mr. Champley has been actively engaged in Hawaii’s clean energy transformation. In 2011, Governor Neil Abercrombie appointed Mr. Champley as a Commissioner to the HPUC for a term which expired in June 2016. During this time, he provided important leadership and counsel for Hawaii’s clean energy transformation, including articulating future business and regulatory models for Hawaii’s electric utilities.
Prior to re-locating to Hawaii, Mr. Champley was a senior utility executive with DTE Energy, a major electric and gas energy company where he held various executive positions including Senior Vice President-Power Supply and Senior Vice President-Regulatory Affairs. Mr. Champley managed DTE’s electric power supply planning and dispatch operations during the transition period to competitive wholesale power markets and ISO formations. He was also instrumental in developing, negotiating, and executing business and regulatory strategies related to Michigan’s electric restructuring efforts.
Mr. Champley holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Dayton and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University, with an emphasis in Finance and Public Utility Economics and Regulation.