In its third quarter 2014 statistics and economic report, the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) revised Hawaii economic growth upward due primarily to the prevailing low inflation rate.

The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) today released the 2013 edition of the State of Hawaii Data Book. The resource is available on the DBEDT website at

State Energy Office -- The state honored 13 businesses and nine events today for their outstanding and innovative clean energy efforts at the 2014 Hawaii Green Business Awards.

State Energy Office -- GreenSun Hawaii, a loan program administered by the Hawaii Community Reinvestment Corporation (HCRC), has reached the $3 million milestone of loans issued. The latest round of funding included the program’s first-ever commercial loan of $167,500 for a non- profit organization.

State Energy Office -- DBEDT has filed two applications with the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) seeking approval to move forward with the Abercrombie Administration’s Green Energy Market Securitization (GEMS) program, which will make solar panels and other clean energy improvements more accessible and affordable to Hawaii consumers.

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