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Hu Hona Biomass Plant, HI

STATUS: In progress with opposition

TYPE: Biomass Plant

OPPOSITION: Pepeekeo residents; Hu Honua County Councilmen; Opponents of Hu Honua

PROSPECTS: Indeterminate

BACKGROUND: Hu Honua Bioenergy is proposing a 24-megawatt biomass power plant in Pepe’ekeo at a site that was previously converted to burn coal to produce power, but closed in 2004.  Hu Honua plans to spend $70 million to reconfigure the operation from a coal-fired plant to a biofuels plant, and to seek an amendment to the federal emissions permit to allow it to burn biomass instead of coal.  Hu Honua aims to begin producing electricity in late 2010.  The biomass project will create approximately 120 to 125 new jobs, and also has potential to offer cheaper power to consumers

Land around the site has been subdivided and sold off for upscale home development in recent years. The project is encountering resistance from some area residents who have voiced concerns about decreased property values. Opponents have also raised health concerns regarding the probable odors. As of October 2010, Hu Honua had applied for a clean air permit and is working to answer comments from the community.

SOURCES: Hu Honua Bioenergy: http://huhonua.com/2010/11/hu-honua-bioenergy-sma-permit-hearing-friday/;
Bioenergy http://bioenergy.checkbiotech.org/news/future_hawaii_renewable_energy_projects_uncertain; Hawaii Tribune: http://www.hawaiitribuneherald.com/articles/2010/10/28/local_news/local01.txt

Last updated November 11, 2010