Public meeting on renewable energy set for Wednesday

The Maui News

A public presentation on a proposed renewable energy conversion and sludge processing project at the Wailuku-Kahului Wastewater Reclamation Facility will be held Wednesday.

The project calls for installing an anaerobic digester to produce methane gas from energy crops grown on former Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. lands. The gas would be refined at the Kahului wastewater facility site and fuel a combined heat-and-power engine to generate electricity for the treatment plant.

Waste heat from the engine would dry wastewater solid matter, known as “sludge.”

The anaerobic digester would be located on the west side of the treatment plant’s existing aerobic blower building. The 18.8-acre plant is next to the ocean on Amala Place in Kahului.

County officials have said Anaergia Services would develop the facility at no construction cost to the county, and then the county would pay the company 29 cents per kilowatt hour for electricity produced at the plant.

Representatives of project coordinator Maui All Natural Alternative, an Anaergia Services company, will be at the event, scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Kahului Elementary School at 410 S. Hina Ave., according to an announcement.

Public comments on a draft environmental impact statement are due by Feb. 6.


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