Aerial View of North Shore of Kaua‘i

Aerial View of North Shore of Kaua‘i

North Shore Reliability Enhancement Project

Client:  Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) 

PSI co-authored a preliminary engineering and environmental assessment to identify and evaluate improvements KIUC can pursue to improve electrical transmission service to its customers in the Princeville, Hanalei, and Kilauea area.  The study identified alternative ways of meeting the project objectives that factored in cost, environmental and permitting considerations, and community concerns.  KIUC is now evaluating the alternatives internally.   


  Kahe Generating Station

Kahe Generating Station

Kahe Generating Station 2011 Projects

Client:  Hawaiian Electric 

PSI prepared the environmental assessment, Special Management Area Permit application, and Conditional Use Permit application for several projects at the Kahe Generating Station.  The projects included installation of three biofuel storage tanks, associated piping and truck rack; construction of a new weld shop and valve recertification shop; establishment of a new hazardous material storage site; realignment of an existing storm water berm; and installation of seven office trailers.  The EA formed the basis of Hawaiian Electric's application for a Special Management Area Permit and subsequent modification of its existing Conditional Use Permit.  (2013)


  Study Area

Study Area

Hawaiian Electric Fuel Infrastructure Project

Client: Hawaiian Electric

PSI worked with Hawaiian Electric and its engineering consultants to develop the best strategy for obtaining the permits and other approvals that would be required to construct and operate fuel infrastructure in Campbell Industrial Park.  The purpose of the infrastructure was to ensure that the Company continues to have a cost-effective means of supplying fuel to its existing facilities.   As part of its work scope, PSI was responsible for the following tasks. (i) Coordinating with all Federal, State, City & County agencies and Landowners to identify needed approvals and determining the procedures that must be followed.  (ii) Establishing a timeline for the preparation of the necessary engineering information, permit applications, and/or approval requests.  (iii) Providing a listing of existing Federal, State, and City & County regulations and the assumptions concerning the design and construction techniques on which the identification was based.  (iv) Providing a permitting and regulations reference book containing all of the applicable permit laws and regulations, administrative rules, application forms and other permit information.  In addition, PSI developed and maintained a detailed Microsoft Project schedule for all required permits and land use approvals and prepared written materials for community meetings.  Had Hawaiian Electric not suspended work, PSI would have prepared a Chapter 343 Environmental Impact Statement for the project.  (2012)


  Rendering of Proposed Power Plant at the Barbers Point Tank Farm

Rendering of Proposed Power Plant at the Barbers Point Tank Farm

CIP Generating Station

Client:  Hawaiian Electric 

PSI prepared the Chapter 343 Environmental Impact Statement and major land use applications needed to construct and operate a liquid-fuel-fired, simple-cycle generating unit on its Barbers Point Tank Farm site.  Originally slated to burn petroleum-based fuel, the outcome of the environmental and permitting process for the 110 MW generating unit led to it being designated for biofuel use.   In addition to the electrical generating units, the project also included the construction of a new 138 kV electrical transmission circuit providing a second connection between existing and proposed generating facilities in Campbell Industrial Park and Hawaiian Electric’s island-wide electrical grid.  PSI’s work included assistance defining alternatives and obtaining the City and County of Honolulu’s agreement to be the accepting agency for the EIS.  PSI staff worked closely with the project engineers to identify and gain acceptance for measures that would avoid and/or mitigate potential adverse effects.  Other permit-related assistance included participation in regular project meetings, preparation for/participation in meetings with government agencies and various stakeholder groups.  PSI staff testified in support of the project at the PUC hearing for the proposed project.   (2011)


  Parcels and Easements at Campbell Industrial Park

Parcels and Easements at Campbell Industrial Park

Campbell Industrial Park Pipeline

Client:  The Gas Company

PSI helped The Gas Company identify the issues and easements needed for the two alternative alignments it was considering for the relocation of a pipeline serving its CIP facility.  We began by developing a base map showing property boundaries and existing and proposed infrastructure in the area.  We then prepared maps delineating parcel boundaries, Special Management Area (SMA) and zoning district boundaries, flood boundaries, and existing utility lines.  As they proved important, we integrated easements into the analysis as well.  In addition to the GIS mapping, we walked the alternative alignments and took geo-referenced digital photographs of the area so that it was easy to understand on-ground conditions at various points along the right-of-way.   We then prepared materials which the client used in discussions with the landowner and facilitated discussions between the parties.  Finally, we prepared a report and detailed Microsoft Project schedule showing the tasks, and approximate times needed to complete the permitting process and be ready for construction.    (2011)


KIUC Borrower’s Environmental Report  to the Rural Utilities Service (RUS)

Client:  Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) 

PSI prepared a Borrower’s Environmental Report (BER) in accordance with the Environmental Policies and Procedures as outlined in 7 CFR Part 1794 by the Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service (RUS).  The report, which supports KIUC’s loan application for its 2009-2012 Construction Work Plan, addresses the potential environmental effects of each of the more than 80 projects and/or construction work items.    (2010)


  Kahe Generating Station Intake

Kahe Generating Station Intake

Kahe Generating Station Intake: Department of the Army Permit Extension

Client:  Hawaiian Electric

PSI helped Hawaiian Electric prepare a request for an extension of the Department of the Army Letter of Permission under which it carries out maintenance dredging of the intake basin of the Kahe Generating Station.  The letter authorized Hawaiian Electric to perform work in navigable waters of the United States, State of Hawai‘i, pursuant to Section 10 of the River and Harbor Act.  (2009)


  Tank Site

Tank Site

Kahe Tank Project

Client:  Hawaiian Electric

PSI prepared and helped process an environmental assessment (EA), Special Management Area Permit Application, and Conditional Use Permit modification request for installation of new tanks at the Kahe Generating Station.  The EA was prepared in accordance with Chapter 343, Hawai‘i Revised Statutes and Chapter 25, Revised Ordinances of Honolulu.  (2008)


  Drawing of the Proposed Substation

Drawing of the Proposed Substation

‘Aepo Substation Use Permit

Client:  Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) 

PSI helped the Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) obtain the Use Permit and Class 4 Zoning Permit needed to develop a new electrical substation near Kumano reservoir.  As part of the process PSI inspected and photographed the candidate site, prepared the Use Permit documentation, and guided the public outreach which is required as a part of the permitting process.  (2008)