Aloha!

This week, we’d like to share with you the driving factors that keep us focused on bringing our biomass power plant online–our Guiding Principles.

  • Ratepayers come first. Hū Honua is committed to producing electricity at a cost to HELCO that is less than fossil fuel sources so consumers can benefit.
  • Jobs, jobs, jobs. Hū Honua will increase employment opportunities for the people of Hawaiʻi Island in construction, plant management and maintenance, and ancillary services such as forestry.
  • 100% clean, renewable energy. Through a public-private partnership, Hū Honua will deliver clean renewable power to help Hawaiʻi meet its goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045.
  • Stimulate the forest industry. Hū Honua will maximize economic impact by revitalizing the forestry industry, including harvesting, hauling, processing, and replanting trees.
  • Be a good neighbor. Hū Honua is making a long-term commitment to our neighbors by minimizing impacts related to operations and by repositioning an historic facility to serve the future. Read about the facility’s history…

Supporting community
Last week, we supported the 9th annual YWCA of Hawai‘i Island’s Remarkable Person Luncheon honoring Hawai‘i County Prosecuting Attorney Mitch Roth and local physician Lynda Dolan, M.D. We were honored once again to be a sponsor of this event, which helps the YWCA coordinate important programs in the community.

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Jumpstarting the forestry industry
This week our team met with members of the Big Island Labor Alliance to provide a quick update on the project and reaffirm our commitment to seeing the plant through to completion.

Engaging stakeholders
Earlier this month, we attended the Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island’s Youth of the Year dinner, and we cheered on the UH Hilo Vulcans team against the Hawai‘i Pacific Sharks. At the BGCBI dinner and at the game, we met members of the community and talked story. Residents were happy to learn about our project and the many economic and environmental benefits it will bring once online.

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