Hawaiian Electric said today it is looking for a long-term supply of biofuels made from feedstocks produced and processed in Hawaii.
HECO Executive Vice President Robbie Alm said that the formal quest for proposals is the next stage in the company’s commitment to create a clear market for locally grown biofuels.
He says this first call for proposals will test the market and determine what HECO’s next actions must be.
The company is looking for biofuel supplies it can use at generation sites on Oahu, Maui, Molokai and the Big Island.
Proposals may use land- or water-based crops, waste animal fat or yellow grease feedstocks that may be converted to liquid biofuel.
Respondents are being encouraged to think broadly about the larger benefits of their approaches.
HECO says letters of intent are due by May 7, 2010 and that the final acceptance date for submitted proposals is June 18, 2010.