Energy Economics Specialist


The position is located in the Hawai‘i State Energy Office (HSEO), an attached agency of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), and supports HSEO’s mission to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy, and clean transportation to help achieve a resilient clean energy economy.  The position supports economic development and innovation initiatives related to and resulting from the State’s renewable energy and distributed energy resources experience, capabilities, and data analyses; it supports HSEO’s mandate to formulate, analyze, recommend, and implement specific policies, strategies, and plans, in coordination with public and private sector stakeholders, to cost-effectively and equitably achieve the State’s energy goals.

As such, it performs a wide range of duties related to large and small project economics including financing, tax incentives, and job creation. This includes identifying market gaps, barriers, and innovation opportunities; facilitating partnerships to develop projects, programs, and tools to encourage private and public investment exploration, research, and development of energy resources; using, contributing to, and assisting in the development of data and analytical systems that will support the State’s energy and decarbonization goals; evaluating, recommending, and participating in the development of incentives and programs; assessing and evaluating the effectiveness of current tax and other incentives,  and programs; providing recommendations; and providing information to a variety of audiences about opportunities, risks, lessons learned, and factors essential to successful projects and programs.

Job Responsibilities: Provides subject matter expertise, project development and deployment support, technical review, analyses; energy assurance and emergency preparedness; and performs other duties as assigned.


Knowledge: The position requires knowledge of energy economics; understanding of Federal, State and County government functions, organization and governing laws; characteristics and economics of energy; public relations; State government operations; and Federal grant and reporting requirements.

Skills/Abilities: This position requires the ability to carry out the functions of the position; read and comprehend laws, rules, regulations, and technical reports; develop detailed implementation plans and well-researched recommendations; analyze facts and develop sound conclusions; monitor and administer projects, grants, and contracts; draft testimony; communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with a variety of technical and non-technical audiences; develop and maintain effective working relationships with others; coordinate the work of project team members; write clear and concise reports and correspondence; use computers for word processing, numerical analysis, research, communication, presentations, and information dissemination; and manage projects, information and expenses in an organized fashion and with a high degree of accuracy.

Education: The minimum level of education is graduation from an accredited 4-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in social, physical, business, or natural science such as one of the following: economics, business or public administration, sociology, psychology, mathematics, physics, engineering, biology, chemistry, statistics, journalism, public planning, accounting, or equivalent.

General Experience: The minimum level of experience is three years of professional experience in energy economics and two years of professional experience in any of the following: project management, business, planning, sustainability, engineering, law, public policy, energy, or research.

Substitutions Allowed: Full-time equivalent graduate-level study of business, economics, or engineering may be substituted for the work experience requirement on a year-for-year basis. Other combinations of education and/or experience may be allowed, subject to review and acceptance by the Supervisor.

Citizenship Requirement: The State of Hawaii requires that all persons seeking employment with the government of the State shall be citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the United States, or eligible under federal law for unrestricted employment in the United States.


This position is exempt from the civil service and considered temporary in nature. Therefore, if you are appointed to the position, your employment will be considered to be “at will,” which means that you may be discharged from your employment at the prerogative of your department head or designee at any time.

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