Hawaiian Electric is asking its customers on Hawaii Island to reduce electric use today.
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Hawaiian Electric is asking its commercial and residential customers on Hawaii Island to restrict the use of electricity this Friday evening. The power shortfall is the result of two combustion turbines going off line.
Here’s more information from Hawaiian Electric:
Hawaiian Electric’s combustion turbine units Kanoelehua CT-1 and Puna CT-3, which normally supply about 32 megawatts of power, are offline with mechanical issues. In addition, two units at the Keahole Power Plant are undergoing annual scheduled maintenance. These units usually supply about 36 megawatts of power.
Hawaiian Electric’s Hill 5 unit, which unexpectedly tripped offline Thursday, was returned to service Thursday night.
By reducing demand, Hawaiian Electric can ensure enough electricity is available and prevent the need to initiate rolling, 30-minute outages to prevent a loss of power to an even greater number of customers.
If outages are necessary, Hawaiian Electric will notify customers in advance through social media. Please check @HIElectricLight on Twitter for updates.
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Russ Roberts (https://hawaiinewsdigest.net).