Army moves forward with construction of Schofield power plant

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A new power plant will be built on Schofield Barracks and Wheeler Army Airfield.

The Department of the Army announced the decision Friday to proceed with Hawaiian Electric’s construction and operation of a 50-megawatt biofuel-capable power generation plant.

The Army will lease land and grant easements to Hawaiian Electric for the company to construct, own, operate, and maintain a 50-megawatt capacity, biofuel-capable generating station, referred to as the Schofield Generating Station, and associated power poles, high-tension power lines, and related equipment and facilities.

The decision was based on the project’s final environmental impact statement (EIS), which explored potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts and indicated there were no significant adverse effects. It also considered all comments provided during formal comment and review periods.

According to the Army, the plant will provide improved energy security to the U.S. Army and citizens of Oahu; support renewable energy goals; and improve future electrical generation capabilities on Oahu by providing new secure, firm, dispatchable, flexible, and renewable energy generation to the grid on Oahu.

The U.S. Army and Hawaiian Electric will employ best management practices to avoid or minimize adverse environmental effects.

Click here to view the record of decision and final EIS.

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