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Maui plantation will no longer generate power for island

This undated photo shows Puunene Mill on Maui. Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons This undated photo shows Puunene Mill on Maui. Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Maui Electric Co. is looking for another source of power for the island's electric grid following the announcement that the state's last plantation is closing down.

The Maui News reports that Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. is ending its sugar operations by the end of the year and the plantation's Puunene Mill will no longer generate power for the island. The end of the purchase power agreement won't take effect until January 2017.

The utility says the mill has provided backup power over the years to support the island during emergencies, such as severe storms or hurricanes.

The utility didn't give an exact figure for the amount of power supplied by the mill, but said it was a "very small percentage."

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