By Derrick DePledge
Former Gov. Linda Lingle has been selected as a member of the United States Energy Security Council, a national group that studies issues surrounding energy security.
Lingle, a Republican, has cited the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative as one of the most important policy achievements during her two terms. The initiative puts Hawaii on a path to derive 70 percent of its energy from renewable sources or efficiency by 2030.
Lingle has kept a low public profile since her lopsided loss to U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono last November.
The former governor is scheduled to give the keynote speech at the state GOP's Lincoln Day dinner on April 16.
“Governor Lingle brings to the council a unique perspective and wealth of experience in running a state whose economy is heavily dependent on tourism, a sector which is severely impacted when oil prices rise,” Dr. Gal Luft, senior adviser to the United States Energy Security Council, said in a statement. “We are proud to have her on board."