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A question of power.

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HELCO considers ways to keep electricity on in lower Puna.

Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  Colin M. Stewart.

 

The Hawaii Electric Light Company (HELCO) is considering several plans to keep power flowing in lower Puna as a slow moving lava flow heads for Pahoa Town.  Among the ideas being considered is shielding the base of utility poles with insulating material, so that lava flows around the pole without burning it, and by raising the height of power lines above the flow.  Meanwhile, HELCO crews are also extending transmission lines from Makuu Drive  along Beach Road into Hawaiian Beaches, providing a secondary route to get electricity into affected areas, should lines be cut by lava running over Highway 130.  To accomplish this goal, HELCO has moved a 1 megawatt diesel-powered generator into an area near Kapoho to generate sufficient power "to keep the lights on for at least some of the homes that find themselves without power."  Aloha, Russ.

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