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Heard anything more about HELCO trials with biodiesel? I saw some black plumes a few weeks back coming from the HELCO Puna oil-burning electric plant. Normally, there are no visible emissions so I was wondering if that was part of the biodiesel trials. AKP doesn't make sense all the way around. Why is HELCO behind it if AKP is looking at most of their sales revenue come from being an alternative diesel supplier for the island trucking? Along with even more oil reserves found in the South Dakota shelf, mainland oil is going to go down in price, so it will be more than competitive for just importing fossil fuel diesel oil from the West Coast, and I noticed you said $107 per barrel oil, when it is actually hovering around $90 per barrel now, trying to hold on to that price point. Why are the AKP investors pushing it so hard when it isn't competitive or all that great as an alternative fuel, not even a huge profit maker, needing huge subsidies for many years before even breaking even. That is what is called a negative net energy source. Good job throwing a rock into the (Oahu) hornets nest.

More bad bio-oil news. Bio-oil (including bio-diesel and bio-jet fuel) needs to be recognized as being at the bottom of the alternative energy list. Why the military is pursuing this is mystifying except synthetic oil has been the military's dream since World War II, no matter what the cost.

Despite sequester, DOD signs contract for $59/gallon green jet fuel
May 2, 2013
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently warned that sequestration would cause “suspension of important activities, curtailed training, and could result in furloughs of civilian personnel” but the spending cuts haven’t killed the green fuels program, as the Pentagon has continued purchasing renewable fuel at $59 per gallon.
“In March, Gevo entered into a contract with the Defense Logistics Agency to supply the U.S. Army with 3,650 gallons of renewable jet fuel to be delivered by the second quarter of 2013,” Gevo announced this week in its first quarter financial report. “This initial order may be increased by 12,500 gallons. All shipments will be at a fixed price of $59 per gallon during the initial testing phase. These shipments are in addition to the renewable jet fuel supplied to the U.S. Air Force (USAF) and the U.S. Navy (USN).”
Conventional JP-8 jet fuel costs $3.73 a gallon, according to the Defense Logistics Agency.

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