Hawaiian Electric Receives Approval For Biodiesel Contract With Renewable Energy Group

Hawaiian Electric Company has received approval from the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission for an additional three-year biodiesel contract with Renewable Energy Group (REG), the nation’s largest biodiesel producer.

This is REG’s third awarded contract for sustainable biodiesel for Hawaiian Electric’s 110-megawatt combustion turbine generator at Campbell Industrial Park Generating Station. The new contract will take effect when the present contract ends in July 2012.

Under the new contract, REG will continue to annually supply three to seven million gallons of high quality biodiesel processed from used cooking oil and waste animal fats for the Campbell Industrial Park Generating Station. The plant is the nation’s first utility-scale combustion turbine run entirely on 100% biodiesel.

As with previous contracts, REG must conform to environmental guidelines for sustainable production and use of biofuels that were developed by Hawaiian Electric in partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council.

“Biodiesel utilization in electric power generation is an important step in helping our country make a move to renewable-based electricity. Most U.S. states now have policies or goals for electric power to be sourced from renewable resources or advanced biofuels, like biodiesel,” said Gary Haer, Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Renewable Energy Group. “We applaud Hawaiian Electric Company for serving as the leading example in transforming the way Americans think about electric power.”

Hawaii is among 37 states and Washington, D.C., to have Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requirements or goals currently in effect. These policies are designed to replace annually increasing proportions of energy with renewable resources. Hawaii’s current RPS requirement is to reach 40 percent renewable energy by 2030.

“Renewable biofuel is an important part of our diverse mix of clean energy resources,” said Robbie Alm, Hawaiian Electric executive vice president. “This contract allows us to continue running one of our own generating stations on a green fuel and further establishes Hawaii as a serious biofuel market.”

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