Electricity from Renewable Sources
A Message from Par Hawaii’s President
A reliable, affordable, and low-carbon source of energy is important to all of us in Hawaii. Par Pacific is proud to be partnering with Hawaiian Electric Company to generate electricity from low-carbon, renewable sources.
Par Pacific takes its role in shaping our state’s energy future very seriously. We are excited to be selected by HECO as a finalist in connection with a request for proposals for firm, renewable-fired electricity generation. Our project would develop an electricity and steam cogeneration facility, powered by renewable fuels, at our refinery in Kapolei. This will be the first of its kind in our islands and by 2027, we will generate 30 megawatts of electricity for Hawaiian Electric’s grid. At full capacity, that is enough power for up to 30,000 homes!
Our company is advancing renewable initiatives across the western United States to meet the growing demand for lower-carbon energy. In Washington, we are co-processing renewable feedstocks with conventional crude oil to produce more sustainable fuels. We are also scoping a project to produce green hydrogen and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in the region. In Hawaii, we’re actively investing in the conversion of an existing refinery unit to produce SAF, and other renewable fuels which can be used to produce low-carbon, reliable electricity.
Upon its completion, this will be one of the most efficient power facilities in the state. The project utilizes existing infrastructure at our Kapolei facility. The heat generated by the power plant will be reused to produce steam for the production of fuels for Hawaii. This will move us closer to our state’s goal of generating 100% of electricity from renewable sources.
Keeping you updated on our progress is a priority for Par Hawaii. Please bookmark this website, visit us regularly, and send us any suggestions and comments. Mahalo!
More power to you,
Par Hawaii’s refinery produces fuel for Hawaiian Electric, Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, independent power producers as well as Hawaii Gas. We are also the leading provider of transportation fuels in Hawaii. Our customers include airlines, the U.S. military, marine and trucking users, and motorists.
Earlier this year, Par Hawaii announced a separate $90 million investment to upgrade an existing refinery unit – the distillate hydrotreater – to process biofuel feedstocks (fats, oils and greases) and plant-based feedstocks to produce renewable diesel, sustainable aviation fuel, renewable naphtha and renewable liquid petroleum gases (LPG). The reconfiguration of our hydrotreater is targeted for completion in 2025 and would produce approximately 4,000 barrels per day of renewable fuels, including approximately 1,000 barrels of renewable naphtha per day.
We’re leveraging our decades of refining expertise to now generate electricity from renewable sources. This will help our state meet the requirement to generate all electricity from renewable sources by 2045.
The Renewable Cogeneration Facility will generate firm renewable electricity, an important component of serving electric consumers in Hawaii. Firm renewable sources offer more reliability than intermittent sources such as solar power, which is dependent upon available sunshine. This project will also help Hawaiian Electric reach its goal of using 40% renewable energy for electricity production by 2030.
Renewable Cogeneration Facility
Facts at a Glance
Interconnection study and negotiation of Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Hawaiian Electric
Execution of PPA and approval process at Public Utilities Commission
Procurement and construction Completion of interconnection to Hawaiian Electric
Commence commercial operations
In a nutshell, what will this Renewable Cogeneration Facility do?
How long will this project take to complete?
Based on the various government permits required to build this facility, we anticipate the project will be completed by 2028.
When will you able to provide electricity to Hawaiian Electric Company?
Based on the project schedule, we will go live some time after our construction and testing stages are completed by 2028.
Will we see an increase in our electric bills as a result of this project?
Fuel prices depend on a number of factors and it is too early to tell how this project will impact customer bills. It is important to note that producing renewable fuels is more costly than producing traditional petroleum fuels. Our goal is to produce reliable, affordable, and low-carbon energy sources. That is why government support for locally produced renewable fuels is so important to move our state forward.