– by Tom Callis, August 9, 2017, Hawaii Tribune-Herald
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A Hu Honua Bioenergy official says construction of its biomass power plant near Pepeekeo is moving “full speed ahead” and is on track to be complete in December 2018.
The project recently was brought from the brink after the state Public Utilities Commission approved an amended power purchase agreement with Hawaii Electric Light Co. on July 28.
The utility previously canceled its contract with Hu Honua, which initially planned to be complete in January 2016, due to missed deadlines. The amended PPA is the result of a settlement agreement between the parties.
Harold Robinson, president of Island Energy, Hu Honua’s parent company, said construction resumed July 3 ahead of the ruling and the company is ramping up those efforts.
– by John Burnett, May 27, 2017, Hawaii Tribune Herald
Graphic: Hu Honua Energy
If Hu Honua Bioenergy’s long-delayed biomass power plant were to go online by the end of 2018, Hawaii Electric Light Company’s ratepayers would see increases in their electricity bills, according to an analysis HELCO filed Wednesday with the state Public Utilities Commission of a proposed power purchase agreement.
HELCO’s study used as its baseline the most recent power supply improvement plan, or PSIP, filed by HELCO in December, which includes how to gather 100 percent of energy from renewable sources such as solar, wind, water and biomass by 2045, a goal required by state law.
– by H.J. Mai, May 10, 2017, Pacific Business News
Photo: Hu Honua Bioenergy
Hu Honua Bioenergy LLC said on Wednesday that it has reached an agreement with Hawaii Electric Light Co. on an amended power purchase agreement for its half-completed biomass plant on the Big Island.
HELCO agreed to revised terms for electricity to be produced by the biomass project and is submitting the amended contract to the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission for approval of Hu Honua’s proposed pricing, according to a company statement.
– by Duane Shimogawa, May 19, 2016, Pacific Business News
Hu Honua Bioenergy LLC, the developer of a $225 million biomass plant on the Big Island of Hawaii that is about 50 percent complete, is asking state regulators to investigate a Hawaiian Electric Co. subsidiary’s attempts to cancel the power purchase agreement with the two companies, Hu Honua said Thursday.
In March, Hawaii Electric Light Co. terminated its power purchase agreement with Hu Honua Bioenergy, developer of the 21.5-megawatt plant, after it missed several deadlines that were part of the agreement between the two companies.
– by Duane Shimogawa, February 17, 2016, Pacific Business News
Photo: Hu Honua Bioenergy
Hawaiian Electric Co. plans to terminate its power purchase agreement with Hu Honua Bioenergy on March 1 after the developer of the large Big Island biomass plant missed several deadlines that were part of the contract between the two companies, according to public documents.
In an update of the Hu Honua Bioenergy project to the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, Hawaiian Electric said that the project has been significantly delayed, and has missed deadlines, such as beginning commercial operations by Jan. 22.
“[Hu Honua has] failed to provide adequate assurances that [it] can perform or has the financial means to perform in the future or otherwise be relied upon as a provider of renewable firm generation on [the Big Island],” HECO said in its update to the PUC. “Absent compelling changes in circumstances, [we] intend to terminate the [power purchase agreement] effective March 1.”