30,000 Lose Power After Keahole Power Plant Trips Offline

Keahole Power Plant in Kona, image from video provided by HEI.

HAWAII ISLAND – An estimated 30,000 customers experienced a power interruption this morning on the Big Island, the Hawaii Electric Light Company reports. At 10:20 a.m. (June 25) the power utility’s CT-4 unit tripped offline at the Keahole Power Plant in Kona, according to a HELCO media release. Automated load-shedding, which is necessary to protect […]

VIDEO: Henry Curtis On The HEI-NextEra Energy Deal

Henry Curtis speaks in Kona on June 18, 2015.

Henry Curtis, a 19-year energy veteran and Ililani Media blogger, shared his thoughts on the proposed merger between Hawaiian Electric Industries and Florida-based NextEra Energy during an energy forum in Kona. The $4.3 billion deal is being called one of the most important economic transactions in our lifetime.

VIDEO: HELCO Geothermal RFP – Protests & Politicking


Two years after the Hawaii Electric Light Company issued a request for proposals to expand the geothermal industry on Hawaii Island… and after numerous presentations, debates and protests… the utility has finally made its decision.

Power Restored To All Customers After High Winds

Hawai‘i Electric Light crews from Hilo, Kona and Waimea. courtesy Hawai‘i Electric Light Company.

PUNA, Hawaii – The Hawai‘i Electric Light is announcing that crews have completed repairs to all major damage caused by the recent high winds that swept over Hawaii Island. Downed trees knocked thousands off-line when a storm system passed over the islands last Friday and Saturday. It took the utility days to restore power for all customers, especially in hard hit Puna and North Kohala.

HELCO: Only 40 Customers Still Without Power


PUNA, Hawaii: An estimated 40 customers in Puna remain without power as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, reports the Hawaii Electric Light Company. Power is expected to be restored for these customers by tomorrow. HELCO crews restored power to approximately 260 customers in portions of Nānāwale, Leilani Estates, and a “few pocket outages in the Puna area”, the utility reported in an evening media release.