We wanted you to know that the Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) has been published for OTEC International’s proposed one megawatt demonstration plant at NELHA’s Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology (HOST) Park at Keahole, Hawaii Island.
You can review the DEA online at the state’s Office of Environmental Quality Control website: http://hawaii.gov/health/environmental/oeqc/index.html/
(Click on “Current Issue” under “The Environmental Notice” section to access the DEA.)
Or download a PDF version of the DEA from OTI’s website: http://www.oteci.com/nelhadea
All comments are welcome, but should be in writing, either by email or regular mail. Comments should be addressed to North Shore Consultants with copies to the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA) and the Office of Environmental Quality Control. Contact information is provided below.
The comment period is open until August 22, 2012.
David M. Robichaux, Principal
North Shore Consultants
PO Box 790
Haleiwa, HI 96712
Greg Barbour, Executive Director
Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority
73-4460 Queen Kaahumanu Hwy. #101
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Office of Environmental Quality Control
235 South Beretania Street, Suite 702
Honolulu, HI 96813
The EA, which has been prepared at the request of NELHA, looks at the environmental implications at the facility’s proposed site.
OTI’s planned 1MWe OTEC facility will serve as a test platform for research, development and demonstration (RD&D) of various phases of OTEC technology. Advances achieved at the RD&D site will facilitate installation and operation of commercial OTEC power plants.