In Hawaii, the contract between Hawaiian Electric and Pacific Biodiesel Technologies to supply biodiesel for Oahu power generators has been approved by Hawaii regulators. The two-year contract, which goes into effect November, is for a minimum of 2 MMgy and up to 3 MMgy. The renewable fuel is slated for use primarily at the 110-megawatt Campbell Industrial Park generation facility and the Honolulu International Airport Emergency Power Facility, yet could also be used at other Oahu power plants as needed.
The advanced biofuel will be produced at Pacific Biodiesel’s newest facility, Big Island Biodiesel, which began operations in 2012. “The new technology installed at Big Island Biodiesel enables us to process the most degraded feedstock into the highest quality biodiesel available in the United States,” said Robert King, president of Pacific Biodiesel. HECO previously contracted with Iowa’s Renewable Energy Group Inc., which supplied biodiesel from the mainland.
In its ruling, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission noted that, along with a savings in cost, the locally produced biodiesel provided in this contract should positively contribute to the local economy. With more than 70 employees across the state, Pacific Biodiesel agrees.