Hu Honua Bioenergy Halts Work On Hawaii Biomass Plant

Work on a Hawaii biomass facility that was expected to generate 10 percent of the Big Island’s electricity needs has been halted until developer, Hu Honua Bioenergy, receives the final regulatory permits and approvals, leaving up to 20 workers, a mix of contract workers and employees, off the job, according to John Sylvia, the company’s […]

Work on a Hawaii biomass facility that was expected to generate 10 percent of the Big Island’s electricity needs has been halted until developer, Hu Honua Bioenergy, receives the final regulatory permits and approvals, leaving up to 20 workers, a mix of contract workers and employees, off the job, according to John Sylvia, the company’s CEO.

Hu Honua Bioenergy is awaiting final regulatory permits and approvals, and has had to extend the construction schedule and temporarily reduce construction activity and its site personnel until receipt of pending permits and approvals, he said.

Sylvia said that Hu Honua Bioenergy, which is about six months away from completing the 21.5-megawatt biomass facility at the former Hilo Coast Power Co. plant at the Pepeekeo Sugar Mill, has been operating on a day-to-day basis and when it will restart is what it has little control over.

Hu Honua Bioenergy, which signed a power purchase agreement more than a year ago with Hawaii Electric Light Co., a subsidiary of Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc., subsidiary Hawaiian Electric Co., to provide renewable energy from its biomass plant, said that it plans to be operational in the fourth quarter of 2014. It also anticipates the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission making a decision by the end of this year.

From Pacific Business News: http://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/news/2013/11/27/hu-honua-bioenergy-halts-work-on.html?page=all

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