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Hamakua Biomass Energy Plant, HI

STATUS: In progress with opposition

TYPE: Biomass Plant

OPPOSITION: Local residents; County Councilmen

PROSPECTS: Indeterminate

BACKGROUND: Hamakua Biomass Energy LLC, is preparing an environmental assessment for a 30-megawatt biomass plant located in Pa’auilo.   The plant would rely on fast-growing eucalyptus as a renewable source.  Hamakua would sell the power to Hawaiian Electric Light Co.  The project is valued at $200 million.   The goal of the project is to bring clean, renewable energy to East Hawaii.  Hamakua is hoping the plant will be operational by the end of 2010 or early 2011.

The project is encountering opposition from local residents who do not want the plant near a residential area.  Others, who think multiple renewable projects cannot coexist, wonder about the need for the project.  

SOURCES: The Maui News: http://www.mauinews.com/page/content.detail/id/507892.html?showlayout=0;
Checkbiotech: http://bioenergy.checkbiotech.org/news/future_hawaii_renewable_energy_projects_uncertain
Hawai‘i Biofuel / Bioenergy Notes: http://ahualoa.net/notes_biofuel.html

Last updated November 11, 2010