Morgan officially takes over at KE

David Morgan was recently appointed vice president and general manager of Kaua’i Electric (KE).

He now has officially replaced Denny Polosky, who retired in August. The announcement that Morgan would assume the top spot at KE came before Polosky’s retirement, and was made official last week.

Morgan is responsible for all KE operations, and leads a team of 123 employees responsible for providing KE’s 30,000 customers with safe and reliable electric energy at the lowest possible cost.

“I look forward to the challenges of controlling costs and increasing our use of renewable energy resources,” said Morgan. “I also want to make sure that we maintain our focus on our customers during and after the sale of Kaua’i Electric.”

Morgan joined KE in 1995 as its production manager. In that role, he managed KE’s Port Allen power plant and handled KE’s fuel and energy contracts. Most recently, he negotiated KE’s recent agreement with Kaua’i Winds for 5 to 10 MW of wind energy, and the transfer of the Waiahi hydroelectric generating plants from Lihu’e Plantation to KE.

Morgan was also responsible for the development of the Lihu’e Energy Service Center.

Prior to working at KE, Morgan was a regional manager for Wartsila, the Finnish manufacturer of large diesel and natural gas engines for ships and power plants. He also spent three years at Seahawk Management, where he managed the maintenance and repair of five U.S. flag tankers engaged in global trade.

Earlier, he sailed as chief engineer aboard the Antarctic research vessel Hero, which supported the National Science Foundation operations in Antarctica, Chile, and Argentina.

Morgan holds a master’s degree in business administration from Colorado State University, and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York. He also has a Wyoming professional engineer license in mechanical engineering.

Morgan has been involved with the Easter Seals Fishing Tournament for the past five years, and enjoys surfing and spending time with his family. He lives in Kalaheo with his wife, Lisa, and their two sons.

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