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HECO to deactivate Honolulu Power Plant in January

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:08 p.m. HST, Sep 03, 2013

Hawaiian Electric Co. will deactivate its Honolulu Power Plant in January as part of its strategy to increase the use of renewable energy and reduce Hawaii's dependency on imported fossil fuel.

The move is part of a plan to deactivate a total of 226 megawatts of utility-owned generation by 2016, which HECO outlined in its latest Integrated Resource Plan filed with the Public Utilities Commission at the end of June. HECO's original announcement in June did not give specific dates for the deactivation of the various power plants.

"Deactivation" means the power plant will no longer be available for routine service. However, if necessary to avoid a power shortage to customers and with appropriate preparation, deactivated units could be restored to operation. By contrast, "retirement" or "decommission" means a generating unit is permanently removed from service and no longer available under any circumstances.

Honolulu Power Plant, located across the street from Aloha Tower Marketplace, went into service in 1954. The plant's two remaining oil-fired generating units have a combined generating capacity of 113 megawatts.

"For nearly 60 years, they have played key roles in meeting Oahu's energy needs during periods of significant growth on the island and in assuring safe, reliable electric service in downtown Honolulu," according to a news release from HECO.

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allie wrote:
yikes...keep it ready for the disasters sure to come
on September 3,2013 | 02:40PM
JBS wrote:
You did read the part of the story that said they're not being taken down right? Just offline but with needed prep time, could produce power. Or did you just read the headline and type - yikes?
on September 3,2013 | 04:25PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Does this mean that the electricity produced by this plant is more expensive than the alternative fuels and energy sources? And does the cost of mothballing this plant and maintaining it plus the cost of renewables still provide a bargain for rate payers?
on September 3,2013 | 02:45PM
Bully wrote:
Deactivate and develop an ocean front condos that sells for millions of dollars
on September 3,2013 | 02:47PM
islandsun wrote:
Oahu consumers are stuck with the HECO Ponzi scheme.
on September 3,2013 | 03:49PM
syhud wrote:
Must be some kind of excuse to raise the electricity rates in the future. I smell a scam!
on September 3,2013 | 03:54PM
Graham wrote:
I am a former HECO employee (retired) State and City governments have for decades requested HECO to shut the Honolulu Power Plant down...the Honolulu plant was one of the first, if not the first power plant in Honolulu...I am not speaking about the units that are being deactivated...but the original power producing units...I worked on all the units located at the site...
on September 3,2013 | 04:20PM
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