Clean energy provider HAWAI'IGAS has filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) requesting authority to import Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to Hawai'i.

Under the terms of the Natural Gas Act, the company seeks to initiate the first of three phases of a program for the use of this clean, cost effective fuel for customers.

Gas Company president and CEO Jeff Kissel said, "Subject to obtaining approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Hawai’i Public Utilities Commission and other regulatory agencies, The Gas Company intends to start importing LNG later this year."

HAWAI’IGAS, which is doing business as Gas Company, said the gas will be used for emergency backup purposes to supplement feedstock supply in the event of damage or disruption in supply from existing sources.

The firm is pursuing the use of natural gas to diversify its fuel supply and improve energy security.

In addition, the company supports the state’s clean energy goals, which seek to achieve 70% clean energy by 2030; 40% from locally generated renewable energy and 30% from efficiency measures.