– by Tom Callis, August 9, 2017, Hawaii Tribune-Herald
Photo: Hawaii Tribune-Herald
A Hu Honua Bioenergy official says construction of its biomass power plant near Pepeekeo is moving “full speed ahead” and is on track to be complete in December 2018.
The project recently was brought from the brink after the state Public Utilities Commission approved an amended power purchase agreement with Hawaii Electric Light Co. on July 28.
The utility previously canceled its contract with Hu Honua, which initially planned to be complete in January 2016, due to missed deadlines. The amended PPA is the result of a settlement agreement between the parties.
Harold Robinson, president of Island Energy, Hu Honua’s parent company, said construction resumed July 3 ahead of the ruling and the company is ramping up those efforts.
– by John Burnett, May 27, 2017, Hawaii Tribune Herald
Graphic: Hu Honua Energy
If Hu Honua Bioenergy’s long-delayed biomass power plant were to go online by the end of 2018, Hawaii Electric Light Company’s ratepayers would see increases in their electricity bills, according to an analysis HELCO filed Wednesday with the state Public Utilities Commission of a proposed power purchase agreement.
HELCO’s study used as its baseline the most recent power supply improvement plan, or PSIP, filed by HELCO in December, which includes how to gather 100 percent of energy from renewable sources such as solar, wind, water and biomass by 2045, a goal required by state law.
– by H.J. Mai, May 10, 2017, Pacific Business News
Photo: Hu Honua Bioenergy
Hu Honua Bioenergy LLC said on Wednesday that it has reached an agreement with Hawaii Electric Light Co. on an amended power purchase agreement for its half-completed biomass plant on the Big Island.
HELCO agreed to revised terms for electricity to be produced by the biomass project and is submitting the amended contract to the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission for approval of Hu Honua’s proposed pricing, according to a company statement.
– by Duane Shimogawa, May 19, 2016, Pacific Business News
Hu Honua Bioenergy LLC, the developer of a $225 million biomass plant on the Big Island of Hawaii that is about 50 percent complete, is asking state regulators to investigate a Hawaiian Electric Co. subsidiary’s attempts to cancel the power purchase agreement with the two companies, Hu Honua said Thursday.
In March, Hawaii Electric Light Co. terminated its power purchase agreement with Hu Honua Bioenergy, developer of the 21.5-megawatt plant, after it missed several deadlines that were part of the agreement between the two companies.
– May 8, Hawaii Tribune Herald
Hawaii company Alexander &Baldwin is considering cattle grazing and crops used to make biofuels as it phases out sugar production at the state’s last sugar plantation.
The company held a conference call with investors last week covering topics such as a grazing trial on the island and weighing the possibility of leases for large-scale ranching.
President and CEO Chris Benjamin said the company hopes to help local ranchers meet the growing demand for grass-fed beef.
“And, we hope to help them address their infrastructure needs as they try to expand to meet this market,” he said.
– April 28, 2016, Maui News
For over three years a working group of recycling operators, advocates and others have commented on what we see as a bad deal for Maui County.
The proposed waste-to-energy plan presented by the Arakawa administration was characterized as a “no-cost” plan for handling Maui’s solid waste resource management issues. We have consistently challenged this project as unsustainable, fiscally disastrous and environmentally irresponsible.
– by Duane Shimogawa, April 20, 2016, Pacific Business News
Photo: Alexander & Baldwin / Ed Gross
Hawaiian Electric Co. and Alexander & Baldwin Inc. may be working on a deal where the Honolulu-based utility would utilize A&B subsidiary Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Co.’s land for possible renewable energy projects as the 36,000-acre plantation shifts out of farming sugar, the head of HECO confirmed to PBN.
In January, A&B, one of the state’s largest landowners, said it was transitioning out of farming sugar at its HC&S plantation on the Valley Isle to move toward diversified agriculture. The transition will lead to the laying off of nearly all of the plantation’s 675 employees. In March, HC&S laid off nearly 100 employees as the company began to wind down its sugar operations.