Woody Biomass Fuels Power Alaska Airlines, Coast Guard Ships

Alaska Airlines says it will begin using biofuel to power its Hawaii flights as soon as 2018. The airline has signed an agreement with Hawai`i BioEnergy, a consortium of three of Hawaii’s largest landowners and three venture capital companies that plan to use locally grown feedstocks to produce biofuels. Hawai`i BioEnergy says the feedstock for […]

Alaska Airlines says it will begin using biofuel to power its Hawaii flights as soon as 2018.

The airline has signed an agreement with Hawai`i BioEnergy, a consortium of three of Hawaii’s largest landowners and three venture capital companies that plan to use locally grown feedstocks to produce biofuels.

Hawai`i BioEnergy says the feedstock for the biofuel will likely be woody biomass-based and will be consistent with the sustainability criteria established by the Roundtable On Sustainable Biomaterials, an international multi-stakeholder initiative concerned with ensuring the sustainability of biomass production and processing.

Alaska Airlines is Hawai`i BioEnergy’s second customer, and the first airline to sign a contract. Hawaiian Electric previously announced it had agreed to purchase 10 million gallons of fuel a year from Hawai`i BioEnergy for power generation to the state, pending approval by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission.

Hawai`i BioEnergy says it will ramp up production of the sustainable fuels within five years of regulatory approval, which will allowing Alaska Airlines to begin procuring sustainable jet fuel by fall 2018.

From Environmental Leader: http://www.environmentalleader.com/2013/07/24/alternative-fuels-power-alaska-airlines-coast-guard-ships/

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