Aina Koa Pono proposal rejected by Hawaii PUC, again

image of the proposed Wood Valley plant layout, courtesy Aina Koa Pono

WOOD VALLEY, Hawaii – The Hawaii Public Utility Commission has once again denied a proposed Aina Koa Pono biodiesel supply contract with the Hawaii Electric Light Company. A proposed surcharge to cover the additional costs to produce the biodiesel was also denied.. In the final decision and order, the commission stated that “HELCO and HECO […]

VIDEO: Aina Koa Pono, HELCO rate hikes blasted at PUC hearing

PUC hearing held in Hilo

Video by David Corrigan, Voice of Stephanie Salazar HILO, Hawaii: Residents of East Hawaii packed the Hilo High School cafeteria, to tell the Public Utilities Commission what they think about a proposed electricity rate hike and and biofuel surcharge. This was the first of two meetings scheduled on the Big Island. The second will be […]

KA’U: Aina Koa Pono update

By David Corrigan and Stephanie Salazar PAHALA, Hawaii: In our Ka’u news update: Pacific Business News reports that the Aina Koa Pono biofuel company is planning to go ahead with its refinery and farm in the Pahala area, even thought the Public Utility Commission denied approval of a contract with Hawaiian Electric. Aina Koa Pono […]

Hawaii PUC denies HECO, Aina Koa Pono application

HONOLULU, Hawaii: In a decision that was handed down today, the Hawaii Public Utility Commission voted to deny the HECO companies’ application for approval of the biodiesel supply contract with Aina Koa Pono, rendering moot the application to establish a biofuel surcharge to help cover costs. In its decision, the PUC wrote: By this Decision and Order, […]

VIDEO: Senator Kahele on Aina Kona Pono, Highway 130


Video by David Corrigan | Voice of Stephanie Salazar VOLCANO, Hawaii: Yesterday, we brought you these contentious scenes at a community meeting in Pahala … where residents and developers are at odds over the proposed Aina Koa Pono biofuel project. The company has an agreement with HELCO to lease 13,000 acres between Pahala and Naalehu, […]

VIDEO: Aina Koa Pono faces concerned Pahala community


Video by David Corrigan | Voice of Stephanie Salazar PAHALA, Hawaii: A large crowd gathered at the Pahala Community Center on Monday evening, for the latest of Councilwoman Brittany Smart’s “District 6 Matters” meetings… and another round of public interfacing with the Aina Koa Pono biofuel company. Under an agreement with Hawaiian Electric Light Company, […]

VIDEO: Biofuel talk enters geothermal focused energy forum

Video by David Corrigan | Voice of Stephanie Salazar HILO, Hawaii: When Big Island Video News covered a Homegrown Energy Forum in Hilo on Saturday, it was clear that the focus was on geothermal power. But energy from biomass kept creeping into the conversation. Robert Rapier, Merica International’s Chief Technology Officer, was billed as a […]

VIDEO: Pahala meets again on Aina Koa Pono biofuel plan


Video by David Corrigan | Voice of Stephanie Salazar Another big Ka’u Energy Farm meeting was held in Pahala on Monday night, the second time Aina Koa Pono spoke with the community. Last month, Hawaiian Electric Company and Aina Koa Pono announced a historic biofuels agreement at a press conference on Oahu. The plan involves […]

VIDEO: Pahala residents pack meeting on Ka’u biofuel plant

Biofuel project meeting in Pahala

Video by David Corrigan | Voice of Stephanie Salazar Residents of Ka’u packed the Old Pahala Clubhouse on Wednesday night, to hear about the new biofuel project being proposed for the area. There was only a few days notice prior to the meeting. Many residents were surprised when the Hawaiian Electric Company and ‘Āina Koa […]

VIDEO: HECO, Aina Koa Pono sign biofuel deal for Ka’u

Aina Koa Pono

By Stephanie Salazar A planned 13,000 acre Energy Farm in the Ka‘ū District of Hawai‘i Island will soon help the state reach its 70 percent clean energy goals. Hawaiian Electric Company and ‘Āina Koa Pono announced a historic biofuels agreement at a press conference on Oahu on Friday.   ‘Āina Koa Pono has been selected as the […]