Hard Questions for HECO

Thielen grilling HECO

Rep. Cynthia Thielen questions testifiers from Hawaiian Electric regarding the need for more funding through special revenue bonds on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.

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The Azura Has Arrived: An Advancement for Hawaiian Renewable Energy


Walking along our Windward beaches, I never cease to be amazed by the unbridled power of our tides and waves.   As most of you know, I have long been an enthusiastic supporter of energy produced by our oceans, and am thrilled that the next chapter for wave energy is now opening up in Hawai‘i! This […]

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Important Strides Being Made to Boost Hawaiian Food Security

Hawaii agriculture is ripe for change. The large majority of our farmers are well into their 60s and since the 1980s we have reduced our number of farmers by 2/3rds. We currently import nearly 90% of our food which compromises our food security and degrades the nutritional integrity of what we eat. It’s time to […]

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2015 the Year of Hope for Hemp


Last week, a constituent shared with me a very special February 1938 issue of Popular Mechanics. Inside the tan pages and tattered edges, along with other articles on the cutting edge technologies of its time, is an article on Hemp, the New Billion Dollar Crop. With new technologies, it was highly profitable to move ahead […]

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Storage is Key to Hawaii’s Energy Independence

The Energy Storage North America (ESNA) Expo and Conference in San Jose was the largest gathering of energy storage leaders, government officials and utilities addressing grid-connected energy storage. I was one of the invited keynote panelists, along with PUC Commissioner Lorraine Akiba, Hawaiian Electric VP Colton Ching, and moderator, Leslie Cole Brooks, Executive Director of […]

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2014 End Of Session Legislative Report

Every year, Rep. Thielen sends her constituents a detailed Legislative Report as a wrap up to the legislative session.  This year’s report, which contains legislative “Winners & Losers” can be found here.

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Historic Hemp Bill Signed in Hawaii

Legislators from both the House and Senate met in the Govenor's office to officially sign the "hemp bill" into law.

History was made in Hawaii on April 30, 2014 when Governor Abercrombie signed into law Act 56, which provides for the University of Hawai’i at Manoa to conduct an industrial hemp research project. With over 25,000 uses, this non-hallucinogenic agricultural crop can be used to for everything from clothing to building products. Billions of dollars of […]

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