Guam to build $589m power plant

2014-10-30 12:06

(Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Hagatna - The Guam power authority is planning to build a $589m power generator from scratch.

The Pacific Daily News reported on Wednesday that the power authority plans to stop using its existing oil-burning power plants to comply with environmental regulations.

The new power plant will be built to run on both liquefied natural gas and clean diesel. It will be cooled using treated wastewater.

The plant is expected to provide more than three-quarters of the island's power needs by 2020.

The authority and the consolidated commission on utilities face pressure to move forward with the plan, which faces permitting, rate, environmental and land-use regulatory reviews.

The next step is for the Guam power authority to make a case before the public utilities commission that the rates will be good for taxpayers.

If the authority doesn't make changes to meet federal regulations, it could face fines of up to $109m per year, officials at the authority said.

Carl Peterson, a certified financial planner and owner of money resources, said that a number of government projects have had a history of exceeding their budgets, and the taxpayers ended up paying more than planned. "I am very apprehensive about the final cost", Peterson said.

Other critics said they were concerned about the plan's reliance on liquefied natural gas.

"I think the biggest issue is that we should be focusing first on [renewable energy alternatives]", like solar and wind, said John Peterson, interim director of the centre for island sustainability at the University of Guam.

Read more on:    guam  |  environment  |  renewable energy

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Tsunami warnings in Pacific

2016-12-08 21:51

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
3 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/Sport

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.