Saturday, January 24, 2009


Public Utilities Commission throws out HECO biofuels application with secret palm oil supplier

This just in from Henry Curtis at  Life of the Land:

On December 31, 2008, HECO opened two fast-tracked biofuel dockets at the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC).

HECO proposed testing a Low Sulfur Fuel Oil (LSFO)/Palm Oil combination at a Kahe steam generator.

HECO proposed that MECO test palm oil biofuel at a Maalaea diesel generator.

HECO stated that at some point in the future they would supplement the dockets with the identity of the palm oil supplier(s) and a copy of the contract.

Life of the Land filed Motions to Intervene.

The PUC dismissed the applications without prejudice, stating that although they allow dockets to be supplemented, that key documents, in this case the palm oil contract, had to be in the original filing.

(dismissal without prejudice allows for re-filing of the case in the future)

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