Estrella A. Seese
Manager, Energy Planning & Policy Branch, Strategic Industries Division-DBEDT
State of Hawaii
Estrella A. Seese has over thirty years of experience in Hawaii’s utility regulation, utility rate setting, and energy planning. In her current position as Manager of the Energy Planning & Policy Branch of the Hawaii State Energy Office, she is responsible for the State’s energy planning and policy development to advance and achieve the State’s energy goals, including ensuring energy security. She is also responsible for representing the State in energy-policy related regulatory proceedings in Hawaii to ensure that regulatory framework and policies that are developed will promote the achievement of the State’s energy goals. Prior to joining DBEDT, she spent most of her career with Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (HECO) as Director of Pricing, and was responsible for the development, administration, and implementation of the electric rates and tariffs for HECO as well as for Maui County (MECO) and the Big Island of Hawaii (HELCO). She holds a Master of Arts degree in Economics from University of Hawaii, Manoa, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University of Santo Tomas, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She was an East-West Center Degree Scholar, and a Ford Foundation Fellow.