HECO renews with REG for biodiesel-based power for Hawaii

May 25, 2012 |

In Hawaii, the Hawaiian Electric Company has extended its contract with Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group, for 3 to 7 millions gallons of biodiesel, through 2015.  The biodiesel-burning Campbell plant is a linchpin in HECO’s strategy for generating 40 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

In related news, the Hawaiʻi Electric Light Company and Hū Honua Bioenergy today announced the signing of a Power Purchase Agreement to provide Hawaiʻi Island with 21.5 megawatts (MW) of renewable, dispatchable firm capacity fueled by locally grown biomass. Hū Honua Bioenergy is converting the former Pepe‘ekeo Sugar Mill into a modern, efficient electric generation facility using renewable biofuel, including locally grown biomass, such as eucalyptus. Estimates are that Hū Honua will be able to supply about 10 percent of the island’s electricity needs. The plant is anticipated to be completed approximately 18 months after refurbishment begins.

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