Hawaii Gas issues RFP for supply of RNG

By Erin Voegele | July 20, 2018

Hawaii Gas is seeking proposals from local and national suppliers who can provide up to 80,000 therms per day of renewable natural gas (RNG), which can be in the form of raw biogas and/or biomethane.

According to Hawaii Gas, the request for proposals (RFP) is part of its clean fuels diversification strategy. While RNG can be produced from municipal wastewater treatment centers, landfills and energy crops, Hawaii Gas said the state’s scarce resources for RNG serve to limit scalability and increase costs. The RFP aims to stimulate private sector RNG development across Hawaii.

In 2016, Hawaii Gas was awarded a contract to capture and process biogas from a wastewater treatment plant in Honolulu. RNG from the project is currently expected to be online before the end of 2018.

“Further increasing the amount of RNG in our supply mix is an important priority of ours that will bolster Hawaii’s clean energy future. Hawaii Gas is committed to achieving this goal in a cost-effective manner for consumers,” said Alicia Moy, president and CEO, Hawaii Gas. “By further diversifying our fuel supply, we will enhance the resiliency of our system while increasing reliability for our customers. Recent upgrades to our Synthetic Natural Gas (SNG) plant will allow us to easily accommodate the delivery and integration of the RNG into our pipeline without substantial incremental infrastructure investments.”

The utility said it plans to enter one or more fuel supply agreements for RNG, contingent on approval from the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission. The term of the agreements will be for a minimum of three years and a maximum of 20 years. Proposals may include options to extend the term of the contract.

Land owners and crop developers in the state who are interested in exploring the development of local produced RNG are encouraged to contact Hawaii Gas. Proposals are due Sept. 19 and must include information regarding general qualifications, product details and product specifications. Questions on the RFP must be submitted to Hawaii Gas by Aug. 17.

Additional information is available on the Hawaii Gas website.  https://www.hawaiigas.com/media-center/press-release/2018/hawaii-gas-issues-request-for-proposals-for-supply-of-renewable-natural-gas/