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Hawai’i Gas issues RFP for RNG and renewable hydrogen

Hawaiʻi Gas is seeking proposals from local and national suppliers who can provide up to 65,000 therms of RNG or up to 2,300 kg per day of renewable hydrogen.

Hawaiʻi Gas, the state’s only regulated gas utility, issued a request for proposals to purchase renewable natural gas (RNG) and renewable hydrogen, key resources that will enable the company to shift away from its reliance on fossil fuel.

The request for proposals is consistent with its clean energy plan and strategy detailed in Hawaiʻi Gas’s Integrated Resource Plan recently filed with the Hawaiʻi Public Utilities Commission (HPUC).

Hawaiʻi Gas is seeking proposals from local and national suppliers who can provide up to 65,000 therms of RNG or up to 2,300 kg per day of renewable hydrogen. This request is the equivalent of replacing nearly all of the utility’s synthetic natural gas (SNG) with RNG. As research and innovation continue, Hawaiʻi Gas will work to increase its use of renewable hydrogen, which does not produce any carbon emissions. Key determinants of the shift to renewable hydrogen will be safety and affordability for customers.

The company plans to enter into one or more fuel supply agreements for RNG and renewable hydrogen contingent upon approval from the Hawai‘i Public Utilities Commission. Interested bidders can obtain the request for proposals on our website at or by emailing:

Proposals are due September 30, 2023 at 2 pm Hawaiʻi Standard Time.

“Increasing our use of RNG and renewable hydrogen has been part of our strategic plan for a number of years. When achieved, it will be a highly visible part of Hawaiʻi’s clean energy future,” said Alicia Moy, president and CEO of Hawaiʻi Gas. “We are serious about our commitment to carbon neutrality, and we intend to lead the nation in finding ways to integrate more renewable energy sources into our pipeline. We already have a 50-year head start on mainland gas companies in our use of hydrogen in utility gas distribution. While our business represents less than 1% of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint.”

Hawaiʻi Gas already leads the nation in blending both RNG and hydrogen into its utility gas supply on Oahu. Additional sources of these renewable and clean fuels will enable the company to further diversify its fuel supply and reduce its overall carbon footprint in line with the State’s climate goals.

“We prefer to make this change using local sources, and hope potential suppliers interpret our request for proposals as a signifier of a growing demand for renewable gas,” Moy noted.

Hawaiʻi Gas has been utilizing RNG produced at the City and County of Honolulu’s award-winning Honouliuli Wastewater RNG facility since 2018. Hawaiʻi Gas also leads the nation in blending up to 15% hydrogen into its gas mix and has been doing so since 1974. This long history of using both RNG and hydrogen puts Hawaiʻi Gas ahead of other gas utilities in terms of diversifying its gas fuel supply and allows Hawaiʻi to be at the forefront of using RNG and hydrogen in its gas pipelines.

Moy went on to say, “We know that developing a robust RNG and hydrogen infrastructure in Hawaiʻi has the potential to create more local jobs in clean energy, engineering, agriculture and other industries. It also allows Hawaiʻi Gas to continue to providing customers with safe, secure, reliable and affordable energy.”

RNG can be produced using sources such as wastewater treatment plants, landfills, construction and demolition waste, bio-crops, food waste, and dairy farms. Renewable hydrogen can be produced using renewable electricity for electrolysis and steam methane reforming of RNG. Hawaiʻi Gas will consider proposals for one or multiple forms of RNG and renewable hydrogen, or a blend of the two.

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LanzaJet, a sustainable fuels technology company and Airbus, a global leader in the aerospace, commercial aircraft, helicopter, defense, and space sectors, today announced they have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to address the needs of aviation through the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), according to a news release.

The agreement was signed by Jimmy Samartzis, CEO of LanzaJet and Julie Kitcher, EVP, corporate affairs and sustainability at Airbus and announced during the Paris Air Show.

The MOU establishes a relationship between LanzaJet and Airbus to advance the building of SAF facilities which will use the LanzaJet Process™, a leading, proven, and proprietary Alcohol-to-Jet (ATJ) technology. This agreement also aims to accelerate the certification and adoption of 100% drop-in SAF which would eliminate the use of fossil fuels without necessitating any changes to existing aircraft or infrastructure. The aviation industry is responsible for approximately 2-3% of global carbon dioxide emissions, and SAF has been identified by airlines, governments, and energy leaders as one of the most immediate solutions to decarbonize aviation, together with the renewal of the fleets by latest generation aircraft and better operations.

“SAF is the best near-term solution to reducing aviation emissions and this collaboration between LanzaJet and Airbus is an important step forward in the fight against climate change and enabling the global energy transition,” said Jimmy Samartzis, CEO of LanzaJet. “We look forward to continuing our work with Airbus and further grow our joint impact across the globe.”

LanzaJet’s proprietary ATJ technology uses low-carbon ethanol to create SAF that reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 70% percent compared to fossil fuels and can further decrease emissions with a suite of carbon reduction technologies. SAF produced through LanzaJet’s ATJ technology is an approved drop-in fuel compatible with existing aircraft and infrastructure.

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The company’s initial investment in a 5 MW electrolyzer, developed by Plug Power, is expected to be fully operational by late 2023 and will play a role in exploring further hydrogen production at the Saint John refinery, as well as for downstream customers.

Once fully operational, the electrolyzer will produce 2 tonnes of hydrogen per day.

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The public funding is expected to unlock an additional €7 billion in private investments.

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The project, called “IPCEI Hy2Use” was jointly prepared and notified by thirteen Member States: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden.

The public funding is expected to unlock an additional €7bn in private investments. As part of this IPCEI, 29 companies with activities in one or more member states, including small and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups, will participate in 35 projects.

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Morrow and Sparkstone did not respond to requests for comment.

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Exclusive: Plug Power enlists bank to evaluate financing options

The cash-burning company is working with a bulge-bracket American bank to evaluate debt financing options to help stave off a liquidity crisis.

Plug Power is working with Goldman Sachs to evaluate a capital raise in the form of debt financing to shore up its balance sheet, sources said.

The New York-based company recently said it was at risk of a liquidity crisis in the next 12 months if it is not able to raise additional capital, noting it was exploring various options for bringing in financing.

Its total cash and cash equivalents as of September 30 stood at $567m, representing a decline of $580m for the quarter, according to SEC filings. The company also has nearly $1bn of restricted cash balances stemming from sale-leaseback transactions, of which $50m becomes available per quarter.

In a shareholder letter and on its 3Q23 earnings call, executives outlined the financing options that are on the table for the company, including a debt raise, funding from the Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office, and bringing in project equity partners for its facilities.

The company is “evaluating varied debt financing solutions to support [its] growth,” according to the shareholder letter. CFO Paul Middleton added on the call that they’ve had “some expressions of offers for ABL-like facilities” as well as restricted cash advance facilities. 

CEO Andy Marsh said the company would need to raise between $500m – $600m, according to a news report from Barron’s.

Representatives of Plug Power and Goldman Sachs declined to comment.

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