A Strong Community Partner:
Hamakua Energy Partners, LP (HEP) is an active member of the following community organizations:
• The Hawaii Farm Bureau
• The Honokaa Business Association
• The Local Emergency Planning Commission
• The Marine Preservation Association
• The Hamakua Land Partnership/Hamakua Community Foundation
Hamakua Energy Partners, LP (HEP): Community Outreach and Partnerships:
• Annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life
• Annual Boys & Girls Club Fundraiser
• Annual HELCO Toys for Tots Drive
• Annual Honokaa Salvation Army Christmas Dinner
• Annual Western Week by the Hawaii Farm Bureau
• Bradley Center for Training Equipment for the Disabled
• Boy Scouts of America
• Honokaa Elementary School
• Honokaa High School Girls Basketball
• Honokaa High School Girls & Boys Soccer
• Leadership Training Program at Honokaa High School’s Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner
• Little League
• Special Olympics (Statewide)
• United Care
Hamakua Energy Partners, LP (HEP) is working towards a better tomorrow for Hawaii Island residents:
• Hawaii Island residents pay the highest average residential price for their electricity and pay over twice the price of the average United States consumer.
• The State of Hawaii is committed to a greater investment in renewable energy and Hamakua Energy Partners’ (HEP) facility plays an important role in allowing Hawaii Island to accommodate existing and future renewable generation
• Prior to HEP entering operation in 2000, the Big Island was routinely experiencing rolling blackouts. HEP and HELCO jointly determined that a modern combined cycle power plant, like HEP, would be the best alternative for addressing this issue.
• HEP has been the largest single contributor of energy production to the HELCO system in recent years. The average age of the Island’s other liquid fuel, non-reheat units is 48 years old and will soon need to be retired as they become less efficient and more costly to maintain and operate. Island ratepayers will bear the costs to repower or modify older, less efficient units on the Hawaii Island system.
• As one of the youngest plants in the HELCO system, HEP is one of the most efficient (how well a power plant converts fuel into electricity) on the island - HELCO and its ratepayers are the economic beneficiaries.
• The State of Hawaii is committed to a greater investment in renewable energy and Hamakua Energy Partners’ (HEP) facility plays an important role in allowing Hawaii Island to accommodate existing and future renewable generation.
• As a reliable community partner, HEP will play an important role in the move to renewable generation. HEP has the ability to utilize a wide variety of liquid and gaseous fossil & biofuels. In addition, HEP’s turbines are able to use Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and liquefied bio-gasses. This provides HEP with the flexibility to utilize alternative clean/green fuels as they become available on Hawaii Island.