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Hawaii energy company gets $5M federal grant

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:35 p.m. HST, Aug 01, 2013

LIHUE » A Hawaii energy company owned by three of the state's largest landowners has been awarded a $5 million federal grant to develop systems to produce and process biofuels.

The U.S. Department of Energy said today that the award for Hawaii BioEnergy is part of $22 million in investments in projects to develop cheaper algae fuels and make biofuels easier to distribute. Besides Hawaii, grants were awarded in California, Ohio and New Mexico.

The department says Hawaii BioEnergy will use its grant to develop an open pond system to produce algal oil.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said the goal is to make clean energy cost-competitive with gasoline, giving drivers more options.

Hawaii U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono praised the grant as supporting a project that will help develop clean and efficient energy in Hawaii.

"Hawaii's renewable energy project and our entrepreneurs are playing a vital role in making our state more energy secure and our economy more sustainable," Hirono said in a statement.

Hawaii BioEnergy is owned by Kamehameha Schools, Grove Farm Company Inc. and Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc., which combined own more than 10 percent of the land on Hawaii.

The Energy Department said the grants are part of its goals to drop prices for biofuels by 2017 and algae biofuels by 2022.

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Pelipo wrote:
Really, like these three owners need a Federal Grant. That comes from the taxpayers like you and I who work hard for our money. If they really had the good of the "Aina" in mind (as some of them frequently advertise), why not use their own money for this project?
on August 1,2013 | 12:56PM
grantos wrote:
why don't you let the dept of energy know your feelings instead of complaining here?
on August 1,2013 | 01:03PM
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