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Utility poles and power lines continue to fall in eruption area, HELCO urges caution

Hawai‘i Electric Light reminds the community that the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens areas are designated as a no-entry zone for its crews. Poles and lines continue to fall in these areas each day due to continued ground swelling and cracking. Even though portions of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens are de-energized, back-feed

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No-Entry zone established for Hawaii Electric Light crews in Leilani Estates

Hawai‘i Electric Light announced that a portion of Leilani Estates and all of Lanipuna Gardens has been designated as a no-entry zone for its crews. These areas are hazardous to enter due to continued ground swelling and cracking, sudden fissure activity, and unsafe levels of SO2. Crews were working in the subdivision in the last […]

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Hawaii Electric Light sets up webpage for customer updates

Hawai‘i Electric Light has set up a page on its website for the latest information for customers affected by the eruption and for those who may have questions about billing and service during the emergency.

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Average gas prices in Hawaii rise 9.5 cents per gallon the past week

Average retail gasoline prices in Hawaii have risen 9.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.91/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 355 gas outlets in Hawaii. This compares with the national average that has increased 5.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.86/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

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Utility poles down in Leilani Estates subdivision Sunday, May 13, 2018. Photo courtesy of HELCO.

HELCO finds utility poles damaged from lava and quakes

Two poles damaged by a nearby lava flow fell on Kahukai Street in the Leilani Estates subdivision today, underscoring the need for continued caution around electric equipment even in areas where eruption activity has subsided.

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Puna Geothermal Venture. Photography by Baron Sekiya | Hawaii 24/7

Update from Puna Geothermal Venture and parent company Ormat

After the frequency of earthquakes increased dramatically, plant personnel closed and secured the facility per the emergency response plan. As part of that, we have done the following: We shut down the power plant and the geothermal wells have all been shut down. All pentane, a flammable fluid used in the electricity generation process, has […]

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Gov. Ige issues supplemental emergency proclamation to ensure safety at PGV

The team assembled will review and assess the existing PGV Emergency Response Plan and develop a specific mission strategy deemed appropriate to mitigate potential impacts from lava.

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HELCO inspecting power lines and poles, shutting off gear damaged by lava

Hawai‘i Electric Light personnel are inspecting equipment in the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna subdivisions and shutting down parts of circuits that are threatened or already damaged by the lava flow. Line crews today replaced a pole on Leilani Avenue that may have been toppled by volcanic activity that shifted the ground.

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Average gas prices in Hawaii rise 1.1 cents per gallon the past week

Average retail gasoline prices in Hawaii have risen 1.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.83/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 355 gas outlets in Hawaii. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.80/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

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HELCO urges residents to stay away from downed power poles and lines

Hawai‘i Electric Light wants to remind the community that electricity can be dangerous and electrical safety should never be taken for granted. “Continued lava activity in the Leilani Estates subdivision has caused electric lines and other utility equipment to fall,” said company spokesperson Rhea Lee-Moku. “Everyone should treat lines, transformers, and other utility equipment as […]

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HELCO safety tips for residents in Kilauea eruption areas with lava damage

Hawai‘i Electric Light wants to remind the community that electricity can be dangerous and electrical safety should never be taken for granted. “Utility equipment has been damaged by lava in the Leilani Estates subdivision,” said company spokesperson Rhea Lee-Moku. “Company employees are unable to enter restricted areas to restore power or confirm problems with electrical […]

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Earthquake causes power outage for Hawai‘i Electric Light customers

Hawai‘i Electric Light reports that about 14,400 customers experienced a power outage at 12:33 p.m. today following a 6.9 magnitude earthquake. Power was restored to all customers by 2:20 p.m. “The strong earthquake caused a substation transformer to shake resulting in a fault,” said company spokesperson Rhea Lee-Moku. “Employees worked to reroute power to other […]

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HELCO reports power outages due to the earthquakes on Hawaii Island

At around 12:30 p.m. Friday (May 4) about 14,000 customers in Hilo, Kaumana, and pockets in Puna lost power due to the strong earthquake. Currently, about half of the customers have been restored and about 6,300 remain without power. Hawaii Electric Light Company crews are working to restore power.

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HELCO expects enough power for Hawaii Island despite Puna Geothermal Venture shutdown

Hawai‘i Electric Light has deployed employees to the Leilani Estates area to disconnect power in the areas impacted by the active lava flow. The company continues to work with Hawai‘i County Civil Defense and other agencies to monitor and evaluate the flow. The safety of employees and community is always the top priority.

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