On June 28, Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) received its first delivery of locally produced biodiesel as part of its new fuel supply contract executed last month with Pacific Biodiesel. Under the agreement, Pacific Biodiesel will supply biodiesel to partially fuel KIUCʻs 27.5 megawatt Kapaia Power Generation Station.
According to KIUC President and Chief Executive Officer David Bissell, “This biodiesel contract allows KIUC to test the use of biodiesel storage and use at its generating stations while further reducing the use of fossil fuel for electricity generation. In the future, biodiesel may be a critical source of renewable energy as part of KIUC’s accelerated pathway to 100% renewable energy by 2033, which is more than a decade earlier than the State of Hawaii’s mandated timeline of 2045.”
Bissell added, “We are pleased to source this 100% renewable fuel from Pacific Biodiesel – supporting local biodiesel production helps ensure greater energy security for our island state.”
Members of the Pacific Biodiesel leadership team were on hand for the first tanker delivery of biodiesel, produced at the companyʻs Hawaii Island refinery in Keaau.
“Kauai is a shining example for the world to see that a 100% renewable future is achievable, especially for vulnerable island communities that are on the front lines of the climate crisis,” said Pacific Biodiesel Founder and President Robert King.