Hawaii receives energy of the futureUPDATED 6:48 PM HST Apr 07, 2014Video Transcript
Tired of paying off huge electric bills? There could be a fuel of the future... Called liquefied natural gas. Hawaii Gas just received its first shipment in a move that could revolutionize the state's energy industry. KITV4's Andrew Pereira joins us with more-- all new at 6. Andrew? Kenny, right now liquefied natural gas is being tested in Hawaii for possible expansion later on. Liquefied Natural gas comes COLD... known as L-N-G it's shipped at negative 260- degrees farenheit. That's condensation on the outside of the tank... KEVIN NISHIMURA: "AND TODAY WE'RE ACTUALLY RE- GASIFYING LNG. 10,000 gallons of liquefied natural gas fits into one of these 40 foot tanks, making it cheaper to ship to Hawaii than fuel oil. That COULD result in big savings to consumers. JOSEPH BOIVIN: "THE FUEL ON FUEL COST SAVINGS ARE BETWEEN 30 AND 50 PERCENT WHEN YOU INTRODUCE NATURAL GASES COMPARED TO THE EXISTING DIESEL AND FUEL OIL NOW USED TO PRODUCE ELECTRICITY." Hawaii Gas is bringing liquefied natural gas into Pier 38 on a limited basis. Expansion of LNG may come in four to six years after the Public Utilities Commission reviews the program, and Hawaii Gas selects one of three locations for a receiving terminal. JOSEPH BOIVIN: "ONE IS PEARL HARBOR, ONE IS BARBERS POINT HARBOR AND ONE IS OFFSHORE BARBERS POINT." It takes eight of these 40 foot tanks to meet Oahu's daily demand for natural gas. JOSEPH BOIVIN: "OUR GOALS ARE TO SERVE THE ENTIRE STATE AND ALL INDUSTRIES; TO MINIMIZE THE IMPACT ON OUR HARBORS AND OUR ENVIRONMENT AND ENSURE RELIABILITY AT THE LOWEST COST AS A REGULATED UTILITY." Liquefied natural gas produces 30 percent less carbon dioxide than oil and has a much higher ignition temperature than other fuels. Even though LNG in its liquid form is NOT explosive, Hawaii Gas has taken security precautions as it gets into the liquefied natural gas business. KEVIN NISHIMURA: "WE HAVE SECURITY PATROLS AND ALSO CAMERA SURVEILLANCE ON THIS SITE 24/7." Hawaii Gas has spent nearly a million dollars on the LNG backup project. The company operates a thousand miles of pipeline here on Oahu.