Maui Electric seeks generators ahead of plantation closure
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Maui Electric Co. is asking utility regulators to approve temporary generators in anticipation of a backup power source going offline when the sugar plantation closes.
The Maui News reports (http://bit.ly/2cCEEo6) three used diesel generators have been requested to help with peak demand, the loss of the Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co.'s Puunene Mill and scheduled generator maintenance.
Utility officials say new sources are needed sooner than expected to continue to guarantee there is enough power available to meet growing customers demand.
The filing with the state's Public Utilities Commission says shortfalls in reserve power capacity are expected as early as March 2017 and a variety of steps are being taken.
Maui Electric plans to sell the generators after five years.