By Pacific Business News (Honolulu)

Hawaiian Electric Co. announced Friday that it has tested 100 percent renewable biofuel in a petroleum oil-fired steam turbine generator at the Kahe power plant near Kapolei.

⿿We believe this is the first time a utility-scale steam unit has fired on 100 percent biofuel at 100 percent capacity,⿝ said Hawaiian Electric Executive Vice President Robbie Alm, in a statement. ⿿This successful test confirms that biofuels ⿿ locally grown to the greatest extent possible ⿿ can be an important part of Hawaii⿿s clean energy future, along with energy from the sun, wind, ocean, waste-to-energy, hydro and geothermal.⿝

Tests on the fuel are expected to continue and be expanded, according to the statement.

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