Sandra Larsen

Market Business Leader, AES Hawai‘i

Sandra Larsen joined AES Hawai‘i as the Market Business Leader in February 2020 to lead and implement the company’s vision for providing low-cost renewable energy in Hawai‘i.   

Sandra is responsible for driving AES Hawai‘i’s strategy, planning and operations with our multitude of renewable energy projects throughout the Hawaiian Islands. AES Hawai‘i currently has nine renewable energy projects in operation or under development statewide – more than any other developer – that will collectively deliver 300 MW of electricity, enough clean energy to power 120,000 homes and offset more than 15.2 million barrels of oil over the projects’ lifecycle. AES Hawai‘i is committed to helping the State of Hawai‘i achieve its goal of having 100% renewable energy on the grid by 2045.   

Sandra has 20 years of executive management and legal experience in Hawai‘i focused on directing strategic initiatives and overseeing regulatory filings related to the energy and shipping industries. Prior to leading AES Hawai‘i, she served as Vice President of Legal, Regulatory and Government Affairs for Young Brothers, LLC, Hawai‘i’s leading freight handling and transportation company for shipping goods between the islands.   

Before that, Sandra provided legal counsel and led critical initiatives in the Legal and Regulatory departments at Hawaiian Electric, Hawai‘i’s largest utility.  One of her key responsibilities was managing and directing the overall strategy and execution of various regulatory filings before the Hawai‘i Public Utilities Commission.   

Sandra began her career in law, serving as a Federal Law Clerk in the U.S. District Court for Judge Samuel King and Magistrate Judge Leslie Kobayashi. She then went into private practice as an associate attorney for Morihara Lau & Fong LLP, where she specialized in utility law cases. 

An alumnus of Kailua High School in Windward O‘ahu, Sandra graduated with a bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Shidler College of Business and then earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law. While in law school, she was named Co-Editor-in-Chief of Law Review.

Sandra is active in the community and a frequent participant in service projects, serving on the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Maui, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and the American Red Cross of Hawai‘i. She also serves as a Heart Walk Executive Team Leader for the American Heart Association.