Hawaiian Electric seeks biofuel for Oahu power plants

Release Date: 4/28/2017

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HONOLULU, April 28, 2017 - Hawaiian Electric Company is seeking 3.1 million gallons of sustainably produced, renewable biofuel per year for three years to power biofuel-capable power plants on Oahu.

The fuel will be used primarily in the new 50-megawatt Schofield Generating Station being built in central Oahu. Hawaiian Electric prefers local biofuel, but proposals will be accepted from any supplier able to meet required volume and delivery deadlines.

Deadline for proposals is June 16, 2017, with the goal of submitting a proposed contract to the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission for approval by November 2017 and having fuel available no later than November 2018.

Bidders may propose to deliver some or all the required amount annually. Selection will be based on factors including price, value, timeliness, technical considerations, terms and conditions, biofuel feedstock, supplier experience and demonstrated ability to perform, delivery means and methods, and product quality.

To ensure the best prices for Hawaiian Electric customers through competitive bidding, prices are shared only with the PUC and Hawaii Consumer Advocate.

The complete request for proposals is available at: www.hawaiianelectric.com/biofuelsupply.

Hawaiian Electric now has a biofuel contract with Hawaii-based Pacific Biodiesel Technologies. The contract provides adequate supplies for all uses through November 2018 when it is planned the newly contracted supplies will begin. Pacific Biodiesel fuel for electricity generation comes primarily from its Big Island facility.