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HECO's call for energy conservation lifted

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

HECO says power plant crews have made significant progress on repairs to two of the largest generating units on Oahu. As a result, it is no longer necessary to ask customers to make extra conservation efforts in the evening.

Crews from AES, an independent power producer, are working on their 180-megawatt generating unit, which is the single largest generating unit on the island. Hawaiian Electric crews are also continuing to work on a 135-megawatt generating unit at the Kahe Power Plant.

Both are expected to operate at about half their normal capacity while repairs are being completed. However, combined with the additional generation from other available units, based on the forecasted demand for power, this provides enough generation reserves to meet customers' energy needs.

“Our customers stepped up and made a difference by conserving energy the past couple of nights. We appreciate their help and thank them for their patience,” said Darren Pai, Hawaiian Electric spokesman.

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