POSTED: 12:18 p.m. HST, Aug 20, 2012
Environmental watchdog group Life of the Land has filed motions to Intervene in two regulatory cases involving proposed energy projects in Hawaii.
The first is Hawaiian Electric Co.’s request before the Public Utilities Commission to buy locally-made biofuel to burn in one of its power plants on Hawaii island. The other is a plan submitted by HAWAI'IGAS to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to ship in liquified natural gas from the mainland to help cut energy costs in the state.
Allowing Life of the Land is allowed to intervene it would give the group a say in the decision making process.
Life of the Land Executive Director Henry Curtis said the organization is concerned that allowing HECO burn biofuel in its Keahole power plant would drive up the electricity costs for ratepayers.
Regarding liquified natural gas, Curtis said that while it could play a “meaningful role” in Hawaii’s energy future, it “must not impede Hawaii’s rapid transition to indigenous renewable energy resources.”