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Biofuels worth more research


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 06, 2012

~~<p>Congress is battling over expensive use of biofuels to feed the engines of Pentagon vehicles, such as those in the Navy's &quot;Great Green Fleet&quot; tested in the just-ended Rim of the Pacific. While the exact use of the alternative fuel in Hawaii is in dispute, and Hawaiian Electric Co.'s increased use of biofuel in its power plants is encouraging, the ultimate use should be feeding vehicles.</p>
<p>Hawaii has become a playing field for developing feedstocks for a biofuel supply chain, while HECO is moving forward on using it in place of oil in its power plants. Environmentalists prefer that biofuel replace gasoline in both aviation and ground vehicle engines, but the growth of the energy alternative still could have the long-term dividends they desire.</p>
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Congress is battling over expensive use of biofuels to feed the engines of Pentagon vehicles, such as those in the Navy's "Great Green Fleet" tested in the just-ended Rim of the Pacific. While the exact use of the alternative fuel in Hawaii is in dispute, and Hawaiian Electric Co.'s increased use of biofuel in its power plants is encouraging, the ultimate use should be feeding vehicles.

Hawaii has become a playing field for developing feedstocks for a biofuel supply chain, while HECO is moving forward on using it in place of oil in its power plants. Environmentalists prefer that biofuel replace gasoline in both aviation and ground vehicle engines, but the growth of the energy alternative still could have the long-term dividends they desire. Login for more...



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