Deals Made for Renewable Energy Systems in Hawaii

Deals Made for Renewable Energy Systems in Hawaii

Meetings between USDA, Navy and local producers lead to partnerships.

A series of public and private partnerships has been announced.  These partnerships are designed to help establish commercial production of advanced biofuels and other renewable energy systems in Hawaii for use by the Department of the Navy. The announcement follows meetings with the Departments of the Navy and Energy, the state government of Hawaii, the office of Senator Daniel Inouye, the University of Hawaii and others to discuss ways in which USDA could help.

In making the announcement, Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan said
Hawaii, with its semitropical climate, is among the states with the greatest potential to produce biomass. And, with its significant naval presence and its heavy reliance on imported fuels, Hawaii is a perfect location for growing biomass for the production of advanced biofuels and using the vast other renewable resources available to develop other advanced energy systems.

USDA's Agricultural Research Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Department of the Navy's Office of Naval Research and the
University of Hawaii have agreed to work with Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company on Maui to develop decision tools to assess the most sustainable opportunities for producing advanced biofuels and renewable electricity from sugarcane and other biomass crops grown in Hawaii.  The Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company is Hawaii's largest agricultural operation and its last sugar plantation.

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