Commend Bioenergy Company on Alternative Fuel Projects

Target: Joel Matsunaga, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Hawai’i BioEnergy

Goal: Commend Hawai’i BioEnergy on its alternative fuel projects

Recently the United States Department of Energy (DOE) has invested twenty-two million dollars in projects that will develop biofuels and create systems that will make them easier to distribute. From this investment, Hawai’i BioEnergy (HBE) was awarded five million dollars toward the development of algae fuels. California, Ohio, and New Mexico also received portions of the funding.

HBE is owned by Kamehameha Schools, Grove Farm Company Inc., and Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc. and according to its website, its mission is to “…reduce Hawai’i’s energy costs, green house gas emissions, and dependence on imported fossil fuels through the research and development of local renewable bioenergy projects.”

The federal funding will go towards a project based in Lihue, Kauai. According to a DOE press release, the goal of the project is to “…develop a cost-effective photosynthetic open pond system to produce algal oil.” The project is expected to reduce energy usage and production costs.

Hawaii is isolated from the continental United States and other land masses, making it dependent on imported petroleum, which, in addition to having negative effects on the environment, creates high gasoline and electricity costs for residents. Furthermore, purchasing fuel outside of the state limits the number of local jobs and makes Hawaii vulnerable to energy supply-related issues such as oil embargoes.

HBE’s energy projects will help the state by not only creating cleaner sources of energy, but by creating local sources as well. Having a strong and reliable local energy source will allow the state to lower fuel costs for businesses and residents, preserve Hawaii’s unique environment, lower greenhouse gas emissions, build a stronger economy through the creation of jobs, and safeguard the state in the event of an energy emergency.

By striving to create a local biomass industry and acquiring federal support for its projects, HBE has shown a commitment to the state of Hawaii and to bettering the environment as a whole.

By signing the petition below, you will commend the company on its alternative fuel projects.


Dear Joel Matsunaga,

The recent funding awarded to Hawai’i BioEnergy will help the company in achieving its goals. The development of an open pond system to produce algal oil will help produce cheaper algae fuels and create a cleaner source of energy for the state. This project, as well as the company’s other projects, are deserving of praise.

HBE has shown a commitment to the state and people of Hawaii through its focus on creating cleaner sources of energy. Working to establish a local biomass industry will do more than just help the environment; it will build a stronger economy, lower energy costs, and safeguard the state in the event of an energy emergency. We would like to commend the company on its efforts.


[Your Name Here]

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