Hawai‘i State Representative Cynthia Thielen (R, 50th District: Kailua, Kaneohe Bay) will speak at the Opening Ceremony of the 9th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference Series (EWTEC) in September in Southampton, England. A biennial event, this international conference brings together global leaders in ocean-based renewable energy and has a strong emphasis on academic merit, technical and scientific aspects, and policy.

Representative Thielen, an ardent supporter of wave energy technology, will present a Proclamation from the State of Hawai‘i during the Opening Ceremony of the EWTEC. She joins a select group of dignitaries from the United Kingdom in kicking off this week-long event, including Mr. Chris Huhne MP, Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

“I am very honored to have this opportunity to express to the global community Hawaii’s commitment to generating clean, sustainable energy from our ocean,” stated Rep. Thielen.

Governor Neil Abercrombie and Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz have proclaimed the week of September 5-11, 2011 as EUROPEAN WAVE AND TIDAL ENERGY CONFERENCE WEEK in support of the goals of developing ocean renewable energy. Hawai‘i (specifically the 50th District) is home to the first wave energy facility in the United States, situated offshore of Marine Corps Base Hawai‘i at Kaneohe Bay (MCBH). MCBH leadership has committed to becoming energy secure by 2015 and considers wave energy conversion an integral part of this goal.

“Hawaii’s wave energy resources are among the best on the planet and could potentially supply all of Hawaii’s energy needs; our military neighbors are charting these waters for the State,” Rep. Thielen explained. “Thanks to their efforts, we are not only poised to be a national leader for this technology, but also for the Pacific Rim. I am very pleased that Governor Abercrombie and Lt. Governor Schatz recognize this potential and encourage its development, as stated in their Proclamation:

…[the EWTEC] presents an excellent opportunity for all developers of wave energy to strongly consider Hawai‘i as an ideal market to present your products to the world; Hawai‘i’s proximity to the emerging market economies in China, Japan and the Pacific Rim, in partnership with their supportive political climate, makes for an optimal location for doing business;…”

For more information on the European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference, see www.ewtec.org.

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