Maui County Plows Ahead on Plans to Convert Garbage into Electricity

Maui County isn’t waiting on the electric utility to issue a request for proposals for waste-to-energy projects. 

The county’s Department of Environmental Services issued its own RFP last week, The Maui News reports.

Maui Electric Co. (a subsidiary of HECO) has talked about issuing a RFP for 50 megawatts of firm energy, which would include waste-to-energy projects, for more than a year, at least. It’s not clear what the hold up is. But Maui officials seem to have lost patience. 

Department of Environmental Management Director Kyle Ginoza is quoted as saying:

"We don’t want to be, you know, five years from now and we’re just waiting on our project because (MECO is) still trying to figure out theirs."

Usually, the electric utilities issue the RFP’s. A winning bidder will need a guarantee from MECO that it will buy the energy. 

The county says it will make available multiple streams of municipal solid waste for a project, including landfill garbage and sewage sludge. 

There appears to be a lot of interest in the chance to generate energy from Maui’s garbage – in March, the county issued a preliminary “request for qualifications,” which attracted 70 interested parties, according to The Maui News. 

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