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Hawaiian Electric Takes Biodiesel Route

Posted on January 11, 2010

Hawaiian Electric Company has signed a contract with a subsidiary of Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group (REG) to supply 3 to 7 million gallons of renewable biodiesel per year for two years to be used at Hawaiian Electric's new 110 MW combustion turbine generator unit at Campbell Industrial park Generating Station (CIP GS).

The two-year agreement calls for REG to supply high quality biodiesel processed from used cooking oil (known as yellow grease) and waste animal fat. Delivery of the biodiesel could begin within about four months of approval from the Public Utilities Commission (PUC).

"Utilizing biodiesel as a source for electric power generation is a sustainable, efficient, clean burning alternative," said REG chairman and CEO Jeff Stroburg.

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