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HECO proposes plan to use LNG to generate electricity

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WAIANAE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Hawaiian Electric company proposed a plan to ship Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and overhaul the aging Kahe power plant to burn it.

The LNG would be delivered to Kahe and other power plants on the Big Island after arriving by ship from Canada.

Hawaiian Electric says the natural gas is cheaper and cleaner than the oil now burned at the plant and would save typical electric customers hundreds of dollars a year.

The plan still needs approval from the Public Utilities Commission and environmentalists will likely fight back because LNG is a fossil fuel usually mined with fracking.

There is also one condition: Hawaiian Electric says it will only happen if the PUC approves its merger with Nextera, which has the money and resources to pull it off.

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