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All power restored on Oahu

Robbie Alm Robbie Alm
Hawaiian Electric Company's Kahe Power Plant in Nanakuli Hawaiian Electric Company's Kahe Power Plant in Nanakuli

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Hawaiian Electric's executive vice-president shares his sentiments for the island-wide blackout Friday.

"Know this is difficult, especially during the holiday season, to be inconvenienced by a blackout like of which we experienced," Robbie Alm said.

As of six this morning, all power was restored throughout Oahu. But HECO officials still can't confirm if it was lightning that caused the outage.

Linking the state's power is just one option HECO is looking into. But despite all efforts, they say this type of incident is nearly impossible to prevent.

It's two days later and all businesses and homes are now with power on Oahu.

"As a matter of status, we are back on throughout the system," Alm said. "All the major circuits are back in service."

Although the outage happened a couple of days ago, HECO officials say they plan to release results of the preliminary investigation sometime next week.

"We're obviously dealing with both eyewitness and police reports of significant lightning hitting either our towers and or our wires," Alm said.

It's lucky the outage didn't last longer.

"If we ever fundamentally damage the equipment, it would literally take weeks or months to get that replaced," Alm said.

Connecting Hawaii's power sources could be one solution.

"If we are ever linked as a state and say the big island went out, now Maui and Oahu could help," Alm said. "In this case, Oahu went out, then Maui would've been able to feed us."

A link that could help the state cope with another blackout. People who may have experienced losses because of the outage may begin to file claims with HECO.

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