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 the island’s power grid, was implemented immediately. Alternate generation was started and most customers were restored by 10:40 a.m. with the exception of about 1,500 customers in Hawaiian Paradise Park. The remaining customers were restored by 11:03 a.m. – HELCO on June 25, 2015
HELCO spokeswoman Rhea Lee-Moku apologized to customers.
“We understand that power outages are disruptive, and we sincerely apologize to our customers who were inconvenienced by this interruption. We are working to identify the cause and will make repairs once the cause is determined.” – Rhea Lee-Moku on June 25, 2015