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HECO asks customers to conserve electricity, no outages planned

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Hawaiian Electric is asking customers to conserve energy this evening, between 5 and 9 p.m.

Crews at an independent power producer and at Hawaiian Electric continue to work on restoring critical generating units back to full service. HECO says customers can help by turning off or reducing the use of air conditioners; delaying hot showers, laundry, and dishwashing; and minimizing cooking until later in the evening.

Based on current conditions, Hawaiian Electric does not expect to initiate any rolling outages tonight. Rolling outages were initiated Monday night to ensure the demand for power did not exceed the amount of available generation, which could have resulted in an islandwide outage.

“We thank our customers for their efforts to conserve power Monday night. We understand the difficulty this created for customers, but it made a real difference and helped us avoid more widespread outages. As a precaution, we're asking for conservation again tonight because your support helps us avoid a possible emergency situation,” said Darren Pai, Hawaiian Electric spokesman.

Crews at independent power producer AES have been working on repairs to a boiler tube leak and have been able to partially restore their generating station. AES is currently producing 82 megawatts of power, compared to its normal maximum output of 180 megawatts. AES is the single largest generating unit on the island.

Hawaiian Electric crews are restoring to service a 135-megawatt generating unit at the Kahe Power Plant, but it is not expected to be able to operate at its full capability this evening. In addition, the independent power producer Kalaeloa Partners plant continues to operate at less than half its maximum output of 208 megawatts as it makes repairs to damaged turbine blades, a problem dating back to December 2014.

In addition, based on current weather forecasts, Hawaiian Electric does not expect to receive much production this evening from the wind farms located on the North Shore.

Hawaiian Electric is also asking its larger commercial customers to voluntarily reduce electricity usage. System operators will also further reduce the demand for power by using Hawaiian Electric's demand response programs. These voluntary programs help lower the overall use of electricity by reducing the energy output of certain appliances or equipment, such as water heaters, for participating residential customers and non-essential lighting and heating or cooling systems for participating commercial customers.

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