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Hawaii utility cuts power service to customers after outage

July 23, 2019

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii electric utility has asked customers to conserve energy while it periodically cuts off their electrical service while the utility recovers from a widespread power outage, officials said.

Kauai Island Utility Cooperative asked for voluntary energy reductions due to its limited generation capacity, The Garden Island reported Monday.

The company “will continue to utilize rolling outages as needed” through Tuesday morning, according to a statement.

An outage across Kauai Sunday left the utility’s Kapaia Power Station and Wainiha hydro station inoperable. Several other units were down Monday at its Port Allen Generation Station for repair or scheduled maintenance, the company said.

“Weather is also playing a factor,” the company said Monday, noting that an approaching storm is expected to “limit the productivity of our solar resources.”

Scheduled, rolling outages from 11:30 p.m. Sunday to 12:20 a.m. Monday affected service to 5,900 customers in Lawai, Anini, Puhi, Kapahi, and Princeville.

Additional rolling outages between 6 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. Monday affected 10,000 customers in areas from Kekaha to Princeville, the company said.

Kauai is at the northwest end of the Hawaiian islands.

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Information from: The Garden Island, http://thegardenisland.com/

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