HECO cuts power to avoid widespread Oahu outage

HECO cuts power to avoid widespread Oahu outage

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) says it was forced to shut off power to thousands of customers after a generating power station called AES at Campbell Industrial Park went out of service.

AES owns and operates the largest generating unit on Oahu and was supplying about 23% of the island's power at the time the generator shut down.  The cause of the generator outage is being investigated.

HECO says that brief emergency interruptions of service affecting up to an estimated 75,000 customers in parts of central, windward and west Oahu were necessary as a precautionary measure.  HECO added that the action helped rebalance the supply and demand for power on the grid and prevented a potentially larger and longer outage for customers.

HECO has been slowly restoring power across the island since after 11 a.m., and all major areas should be restored. Customers who are still experiencing power outages can call the trouble line at 548-7961.

"We began restoring power as quickly as possible while still ensuring safety," said Darren Pai, Hawaiian Electric spokesperson.  "We sincerely apologize to our customers for the disruption."

HECO says that the AES plant at Campbell Industrial Park is independently owner and operated and sells power to Hawaiian Electric.

Viewers have reported power outages in the following areas:

  • Waipio
  • Mililani
  • Pearl City
  • Stadium
  • Waipahu
  • Salt Lake
  • Kalihi
  • Kailua
  • Waipio Gentry
  • Wahiawa
  • Ka'a'awa
  • Waikele
  • Honolulu

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