Garrison leaders tour Schofield power plant

| January 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and the Environment Jordan Gillis listens to Hawaiian Electric Co. Manager of Generation Project Development Jack Shriver, Jan. 19, during a tour of the Schofield Barracks Generating Station. (U.S. Army photo by Karen A. Iwamoto, Oahu Publications)

Story and photos by
Karen A. Iwamoto
Staff Writer

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Army leaders toured the new power plant under construction, here, Jan. 19, seeing firsthand how it is partnering with the community to strengthen energy security across the state.

Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and the Environment Jordan Gillis, along with Lt. Gen. Gwen Bingham, assistant chief of staff for Installation Management, walked through the Schofield Generating Station, and received a briefing from Jack Shriver, Hawaiian Electric Company’s manager of Generation Project Development.

(U.S. Army photo by Karen A. Iwamoto, Oahu Publications)

Hawaiian Electric will own and operate the generating station, which is on land leased to it by the U.S. Army. The 50-megawatt power plant, which will run on a mix of conventional and biofuels, is expected to begin operation in mid-April.

Shriver said the generating station is good not only for the Army Hawaii community but for the community at large. It will increase the amount of renewable electricity going to the island’s power grid, and increase energy reliability and resiliency. It will use a minimum of 50 percent, or 3 million gallons of biofuel. Its location on a military base located about 900 feet above sea level helps ensure safety from tsunami threats and storm surges.

Responding to a question from Gillis, he confirmed that, if necessary, the generating station could serve as an “island” or “microgrid” that feeds power exclusively to Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Army Airfield and Field Station Kunia.

(U.S. Army photo by Karen A. Iwamoto, Oahu Publications)

The approximately $148 million generating station is also cost-effective for the Army, which will not incur additional costs from the project. Hawaiian Electric will finance and maintain the plant.

Col. Stephen E. Dawson, commander of U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, has called the project a “win-win,” in the past, saying that it will provide redundancy to the power grid and be environmentally friendly while at the same time supporting the Army’s training and readiness.

 

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