Hawaii Biomass Plant Back On Track To Open In 2018

Hu Honua Bioenergy, the biomass power plant currently under construction on the Big Island, is back on schedule following the approval of its new power-purchase agreement with Hawaii Electric Light Co. by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission. A company official told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald the power plant near Pepeekeo is expected to be completed by […]

Hu Honua Bioenergy, the biomass power plant currently under construction on the Big Island, is back on schedule following the approval of its new power-purchase agreement with Hawaii Electric Light Co. by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission.

A company official told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald the power plant near Pepeekeo is expected to be completed by December 2018.

The future of biomass project was up in the air before the PUC approved the new PPA on July 28. Hu Honua and HELCO reached the amended PPA as part of a settlement. Under the terms of the amended PPA, HELCO agrees to buy at least 10 megawatts at a cost of 22.1 cents per kilowatt-hour, according to Hu Honua.

The utility previously canceled its contract with Hu Honua, which initially planned to be complete in January 2016, due to missed deadlines. The amended PPA is the result of a settlement agreement between the parties. Harold Robinson, president of Island Energy, Hu Honua’s parent company, told the Big Island newspaper that construction on the power plant resumed on July 3 ahead of the PUC decision and said “we’re still on schedule.”

Under the amended PPA, Hu Honua would be contracted to produce up to 21.5 megawatts, but is capable of 30 megawatts.

From Pacific Business News: https://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/news/2017/08/09/big-island-biomass-plant-back-on-track-to-open-in.html

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