A biomass plant in the US state of Hawaii has reportedly bagged approval from state regulators.
The Pepeekeo plant in a converted sugar mill could provide 10% of the energy needs of Hawaii’s Big Island.
It will use biofuel including locally grown biomass such as eucalyptus, according to the developer Hu Honua Bioenergy. A previous plant on the site used sugar cane waste and later, coal.
Hu Honua’s CEO John Sylvia said in a statement the approval from Public Utilities Commission means it can push on with spending plans, reported Bioenergy Insight.
Estimates suggest the plant could displace about 250,000 barrels of oil per year.