Governor: Embrace geothermal energy on Big Island

Governor: Embrace geothermal energy on Big Island

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Gov. Neil Abercrombie says he hopes the conversation about using geothermal energy will come to a quick conclusion.

Speaking Tuesday in Hilo, Abercrombie says he hopes Hawaii Island residents will end debate and embrace geothermal energy for future needs.

Abercrombie spoke as he prepared to sign a bill guaranteeing that 100 percent of royalties from using geothermal resources on Hawaiian Home Lands would be paid to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.

He says he hopes the measure will be an incentive for the Public Utilities Commission and the public to move forward on Hawaii Island geothermal resources.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports Hawaii Electric Light Co. is trying to begin a geothermal project that would generate up to 50 megawatts on Hawaii Island.

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