HECO inks contract for renewable biodiesel

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Posted: Jan 05, 2010 5:30 PM

Hawaiian Electric Co. says it has taken an important step in its efforts to create a clean energy economy for Hawaii.

HECO announced Tuesday that it has signed a two-year contract to have a mainland company supply 3 million to 7 million gallons of renewable biodiesel per year.

The fuel processed from used cooking oil and waste animal fat will be used for Hawaiian Electric's new 110-megawatt combustion turbine generator unit at Campbell Industrial Park on Oahu.

HECO Executive Vice President Robbie Alm says the company must pursue every renewable resource available from the sun, wind, land and oceans.

The contract with Renewable Energy Group of Iowa must be approved by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission.