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Hawai‘i Electric Light develops contingency plans to continue to serve customers in lower Puna

Hawai‘i Electric Light is developing contingency plans to provide options for restoring electricity to communities in lower Puna that may be cut off by lava flows. With lava moving more quickly over the past 48 hours, engineers were working near affected areas on Saturday to identify suitable locations for portable generators and other equipment.

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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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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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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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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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Lightning causes power outages on Hawai‘i Island

Hawai‘i Electric Light reports that customers in north and east Hawai‘i experienced power outages caused by thunderstorms impacting Hawai‘i Island this weekend. About 2,100 customers in North Kohala experienced an extended power outage Saturday evening. The outage began at about 5:40 p.m. and was necessary to allow crews to make temporary repairs to two transmission […]

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Proposed tax cut may provide savings for HELCO customers

Hawai‘i Electric Light customers will see lower electric bills if a rate adjustment proposal submitted to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is approved. The proposal will lower the typical bill for a Hawai‘i Island residential customer using 500 kilowatt hours by $4.97 a month. The effective date of the new rate will be determined by […]

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HELCO to conduct aerial line inspections March 12-16, 2018

To improve system reliability, Hawai‘i Electric Light Company will conduct aerial line inspections of its major overhead transmission lines from Monday, March 12, to Friday, March 16, 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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