Hawaiian Utility Seeks Biodiesel for Power Station

John Davis

A utility from the Aloha State is looking for a company to provide biodiesel for one of its new power plants.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser says Hawaiian Electric Co. needs the green fuel for its 110-megawatt generating station in Campbell Industrial Park:

The request for proposals state’s HECO’s preference for locally-produced biodiesel, but if it isn’t available in sufficient quantities the utility said it would accept biodiesel produced on the Mainland or a mix of the two.

The contract is for three to seven million gallons of biodiesel a year over a three-year period. The contract will replace a two-year deal with an Iowa-based supplier of biodiesel made from waste animal fat. That contract that expires in July 2012.

HECO says the Campbell plant is the largest commercial power plant in the world powered exclusively by biodiesel. This announcement comes on the heels of last month’s announcement that ‘Āina Koa Pono, Hawaiian for “for the good of the land,” landed a contract to provide sustainable biofuels for HECO.