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Pacific Biodiesel fuel to run HECO plant

December 27, 2012
The Maui Weekly

The Maui News - State regulators have approved a multiyear contract for Maui-based Pacific Biodiesel to supply Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO) with 250,000 gallons a year of locally produced biodiesel.

The green fuel, which is made by recycling used cooking oil from Hawai'i restaurants, will be used to power a new, $20 million backup plant HECO is building at the Honolulu International Airport.

Under the three-year contract approved by the Public Utilities Commission, HECO can buy up to an additional one million gallons of biodiesel annually, according to Pacific Biodiesel spokeswoman Beth Mathias. The company's Maui plant will handle pre-processing of the used cooking oil before sending it to the new Big Island refinery for production, she said.



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