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Public meetings slated for planned Schofield power plant

The Army has scheduled two community meetings in Mililani and Wahiawa next month to gather public comment on a 50-megawatt power plant planned for Schofield Barracks.

The first meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. at the Mililani Mauka Elementary School Cafeteria. The second is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Wahiawa District Park Recreation Center.

The meetings are required as part of the preparation of an environmental impact statement that is being done for the project.

The power plant, expected to be completed by the end of 2017, would be tied into Hawaiian Electric Co.’s grid. But the electricity it produces could be “islanded” to exclusively serve Schofield Barracks and Wheeler Army Airfield in the event HECO’s Oahu electrical distribution system is knocked offline.

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