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Public Utilities Commission halts Hilo bioenergy plant

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Bio-mass plant blocked from moving forward

The Honua Ola plant has already spent 525 million dollars but is in limbo from moving forward without approval from the Public Utilities Commission.

HILO, Hawaii (KITV4) -- Eucalyptus trees now grow where sugar cane once populated the shoreline several miles north of Hilo.

The former sugar cane factory was slated to become an operational power plant, run on biomass, fueled by a crop of the invasive eucalyptus species.

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