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Puna power plant trips offline causing outage Tuesday afternoon (Nov 6)

Hawai‘i Electric Light customers in various areas of Hawai‘i Island experienced a power interruption this afternoon. About 5,500 customers experienced a power interruption at 3:15 p.m. when Hawai‘i Electric Light’s Puna Plant tripped offline unexpectedly. Service to the majority of customers was restored within five minutes and service to the remaining 1,600 customers, primarily in […]

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Hawaiian Electric Companies’ new NEM Plus program allows solar customers to add storage, non-export technology

The Hawaiian Electric Companies have launched NEM Plus, a program that allows Net Energy Metering customers to add features such as energy storage to their rooftop solar systems – as long as the new equipment doesn’t export power to the grid. The program, which started this week, is only available to existing NEM customers with […]

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HELCO Energy Fair in Hilo Saturday (Oct 27)

Hawai‘i Electric Light invites the community to its clean energy fair on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Prince Kuhio Plaza. The free, family-friendly event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and feature educational displays, interactive activities, and games. Learn about electrical safety, energy conservation, electric vehicles, renewable energy, and our plan to reach […]

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HELCO to procure 60MW of solar power along with 240MWh of battery storage via new projects

“These large-scale solar and battery projects will accelerate our renewable energy drive at some of the lowest prices we’ve seen to date,” said Shelee Kimura, Hawaiian Electric senior vice president of business development and strategic planning. “With support from our communities, these projects will reduce our reliance on fossil fuel and cut greenhouse gas emissions […]

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Three vent sites in Leilani Estates subdivision at 6:30 a.m. Friday, May 4, 2018. The area has been evacuated due to fumes, fire and lava hazards. Photos by Steven Royston | Special to Hawaii 24/7

HELCO to restore power to parts of Leilani Estates Friday (Sept 14)

Over the last two weeks, Hawai‘i Electric Light crews have been working in Leilani Estates to remove damaged electrical equipment and poles, and repair and replace equipment damaged by the eruption and seismic activity. Crews will re-energize parts of Leilani Estates starting Friday, Sept. 14.

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Tropical Storm Olivia causes a few outages on Hawaii Island

Hawai‘i Electric Light reports few outages due to Tropical Storm Olivia. Early this morning, about 100 customers in Honoka‘a experienced a power outage due to tree branches contacting power lines. Electric service has been restored to those customers. Currently, there are no outages due to the storm. The company’s business offices in Hilo and Kona […]

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The Hawaiian Electric Companies activate emergency response plans as Hurricane Olivia moves toward islands

As Hurricane Olivia heads closer to the islands, the Hawaiian Electric Companies are activating their emergency response plans, going through pre-storm checklists, and readying crews to respond. The companies are closely monitoring Hurricane Olivia, which is expected to weaken to a tropical storm but still has the potential to cause major damage. Forecasts show that […]

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Hawai‘i Electric Light to conduct aerial line inspections September 10-14, 2018

To improve system reliability, Hawai‘i Electric Light Company will conduct its quarterly aerial inspections of major overhead transmission lines from Monday, Sept. 10, to Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. The islandwide inspections are scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. However, exact times and routes will depend on weather conditions. Inspections will be conducted in a […]

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Hawaii Electric Light Company crews work on bringing power back to Leilani Estates. Photo courtesy of HELCO.

HELCO prepares to re-energize portions of Leilani Estates

Hawai‘i County Civil Defense announced today that it is lifting the mandatory evacuation order for portions of the Leilani Estates subdivision tomorrow morning due to a pause in the Lower East Rift Zone eruption. Hawai‘i Electric Light, in partnership with Civil Defense officials, has been preparing to re-energize portions of the subdivision.

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HELCO's Hill power plant in Hilo. Photo by Baron Sekiya | Hawaii 24/7

Power plants in Hilo and Kona trip offline plunging 28K customers into darkness Thursday night

Hawai‘i Electric Light reports that customers in various areas of Hawai‘i Island experienced a power interruption last night. An estimated 24,000 customers (about 28 percent) experienced a power interruption at 7:43 p.m. when generating units at Hawai‘i Electric Light’s Hill Plant and Keahole Plant tripped offline unexpectedly. Automated load shedding operated properly while alternate generation […]

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Hawaiian Electric Companies’ software upgrade to affect customer services Sept. 28 to Oct.1, 2018

Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaiʻi Electric Light will be upgrading their computer software at the end of the month, affecting phone, online and walk-in services from Friday, Sept. 28, to Monday, Oct. 1, 2018

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HELCO outage affects over 40K customers as Hamakua plant trips offline Sunday (Sept 2)

Hawai‘i Electric Light reports that customers in portions of Hilo, Kea‘au, Puna, Honoka‘a, Kona, South Point, Waikoloa, and Waimea experienced a power interruption this morning. An estimated 40,800 customers experienced a power interruption at 5:47 a.m. when a generating unit at independent power producer Hāmākua Energy Partners tripped offline unexpectedly followed by a combustion-turbine unit […]

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HELCO update on power restoration after Hurricane Lane

Hawai‘i Electric Light employees continue to respond to power outages caused by Hurricane Lane which was downgraded to a tropical storm late Friday afternoon. Hawai‘i County remains under a flash flood watch. Since Wednesday, about 9,500 customers around the island experienced a power outage, caused mostly by trees falling on power lines. Currently, fewer than […]

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Updates on Hawaii Electric Light power outages for Friday (Aug 24)

As Hurricane Lane slowly passes Hawai‘i Island, Hawai‘i Electric Light employees are responding to power outages caused by torrential rains, strengthening winds, and catastrophic flooding. About 9,500 customers around the island experienced power outages related to heavy rain and fallen trees. Electric service has been restored to the majority of these customers.

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