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Hawaiian Electric utilities seek cleaner fuel supplies

September 5, 2013
Maui Weekly

Last week, the Hawaiian Electric Companies began a search for suppliers of cleaner fuels, including ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD), biodiesel or biodiesel blends. The companies are seeking up to 150,000 barrels per year to supply Maui Electric and Hawai'i Electric Light Company generation facilities beginning Jan. 1, 2015, for a contract term of up to three years.

This request for proposals offers biodiesel suppliers--including local biodiesel producers--the opportunity to offer biodiesel or biodiesel blends for all or part of the required volumes on Maui, Molokai, Lana'i or Hawai'i Island. Proposals will be considered if the biodiesel price is competitive with the price of ULSD.

Using renewable biofuels is one of many paths the Hawaiian Electric Companies are following to reduce Hawai'i's dependency on fossil fuel. The companies also continue to seek more energy from renewable sources, such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, hydro and in the future, from the ocean.

Firm generation using biofuels in place of fossil fuels can supply the essential firm backup needed to take maximum advantage of variable renewables, such as wind and solar.

As with all fuel and power purchase contracts, the final negotiated contract or contracts will be submitted for review by the state Public Utilities Commission with input from the Hawai'i Office of Consumer Advocacy.

Prospective bidders will find more information at Any biofuel provided to the Hawaiian Companies must conform to environmental guidelines for the sustainable use of biofuels developed by Hawaiian Electric in partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council, also available on the site. The proposal deadline is Oct. 15.

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