Karen Baldwin

1. Why are you running?

Serving on KIUC’s board is an opportunity to serve the community and help solve problems and resolve issues in a way that benefits all of the people on Kauai. There are two primary reasons I am running for the KIUC board. First, I am very interested in bringing renewable, sustainable and affordable energy to Kauai. Second, I am committed to the cooperative business model and to member participation in the cooperative. 

2. What expertise and experience will you bring to the board?

I have served as KIUC’s in-house legal counsel and have served three years on the board. That experience means I have some background and understanding of the issues facing the cooperative and I can “hit the ground running.” In addition, I have been practicing law for over 40 years with much of my practice focused on tax-exempt organizations and financing of renewable energy projects.

3. What will you do to help KIUC meet its renewable energy goal of generating at least 50 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2023?

I will continue to support the effort to explore renewable energy development projects for the cooperative that make financial sense for the members. These projects include photovoltaic and hydro. In addition, I will work to help members reduce their energy consumption.

4. What do you see as the biggest challenge facing KIUC in providing energy to Kauai?

Kauai is a small island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and often Kauai can’t take advantage of Mainland solutions to energy issues.

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