August 5–Both the Hawaii Business Journal and the Hawaii Reporter summarize the request Hawaii Electric Light Company made to the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission to approve a new biofuel supply contract with Aina Koa Pono LLC which is building a processing plant in Kau on the Big Island. Last fall, PUV turned down the contract because of price and cost effectiveness.
For a full summary see Reporter, Duane Shimogawa’s article in the Business Journal. A rendering of the plant, general description of the biomass crops and description of the technology can be found here at the Hawaii Reporter .
For readers wanting more in depth and contextual information,a relatively comprehensive summary can be found at Kau Hawaii
Aina Koa Pono’s project overview is here.