Maui County has issued an RFP for construction of a waste-to-energy facility. Bids are due on January 16, 2013, at 4 PM. Maui County (which includes the island of Maui plus the surrounding islands of Molokai, Lanai, and Kaho'olawe) would guarantee a stream of municipal solid waste and sewage sludge to power the facility.
As noted in our post of November 8, Hawaii is a particularly fertile market for renewable energy because of persistent high electricity prices, Hawaii's dependence on imported fossil fuels to produce most of its electricity, and strong state policies favoring the development of renewable energy. In addition, limited land and the prospect of a long and expensive sea voyage make disposal of municipal solid waste a particular problem for Hawaii. Advanced waste-to-energy technologies appear to be an ideal solution to both problems.
If you have any questions about the Maui County RFP, or any other matters concerning development of renewable energy, please contact a member of GTH's Energy, Telecommunications and Utilities practice group or Environment & Natural Resources practice group. These practice groups were recently recognized as among the best in the nation. In addition, GTH Partner Jim Horne is licensed to practice in Hawaii.