Army completes assessment of proposed power plant

| October 30, 2015 | 1 Comment
An artist’s sketch shows proposed 50-megawatt, multi-fuel, biofuel-capable power plant. (Art courtesy of Hawaiian Electric Company)

An artist’s sketch shows proposed 50-megawatt, multi-fuel, biofuel-capable power plant. (Art courtesy of Hawaiian Electric Company)

U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii
Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The U.S. Army has finalized its environmental impact statement (EIS) assessing the construction and operation of a 50-megawatt biofuel-capable power generation plant, here.

The Final EIS incorporates the public comments received on the Draft EIS, which was published April 2015. Only minor factual corrections and edits were made to the text. No substantive changes to the alternatives considered or the findings of the impact analysis were required or made.

Next, the Army will make a final decision on whether to proceed with the project. The Army anticipates issuing a formal Record of Decision in late 2015. If approved, the Army would lease Hawaiian Electric an 8.13-acre parcel of land on which to construct, own, operate and maintain the plant.

The Schofield Generating Station Project would be a secure, inland source of renewable power that would benefit Oahu residents by supplying power to the island-wide grid during normal operations.

The generating station project would also provide energy security for Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Army Airfield and Field Station Kunia by serving as a backup source of power during power outages. Electricity produced from using renewable biofuels would help the Army and the state achieve renewable energy goals.

The environmental impact statement evaluates the impacts of the proposed action and the no action alternative on land use; airspace use; visual resources; air quality, including climate and greenhouse gasses; noise; traffic and transportation; water resources; geology and soils; biological resources; cultural resources; hazardous and toxic substances; socioeconomics, including environmental justice; and utilities and infrastructure.

Impacts would be less than significant for all resources, and beneficial effects would be expected for some resources.

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Individuals can view or download the Final EIS at the following website: www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/schofieldplant.

More information is available in the Notice of Availability published in the Federal Register or online at www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/schofieldplant.

In consideration of the environment, printed copies of the Final EIS are available upon request. Please contact the Department of the Army; Directorate of Public Works, U.S. Army Garrison, Hawaii; ATTN: IMHW-PWE (L. Graham); 947 Wright Ave., Wheeler Army Airfield; Schofield Barracks, Hawaii 96857-5013, or email sgspcomments@tetratech.com.

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  1. Ed Wagner says:

    Stop wasting time dealing with a financially strap[ed and incompetently managed monopoly and wait until the end of 2016. The playing field will be completely different.

    Nextera will be sent back to Florida where it belongs, HECO stock will collapse to the realistic price of $10 to $15 a share, making it much easier for the state and counties to condemn HECO, MECO, and HELCO assets for the public good, and convert it to community owned, non-profit power.

    Biofuel is still carbon based, and the generator most likely run on fossil fuel ( LNG ) if HECO gets its way. The generator is NOT a green, sustainable project. After 2045, it will be obsolete

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