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HECO restores power to most Pearl Harbor area customers affected by outage

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:26 a.m. HST, Dec 06, 2013

Hawaiian Electric Company has restored power to all customers affected by an outage Thursday afternoon in the Pearl Harbor area, according to a company spokesman.

The outage, which started at about 12:45 p.m., left the area without power until and crews restored it at about 5 p.m., HECO spokesman Darren Pai said. Crews worked till midnight with the U.S. Navy to restore power to parts of the base.

A "lightning arrester" --- a device used to protect power equipment from a lighting strike --- apparently caused the outage by short-circuiting, despite there being no such strike, Pai said. He did not have details on how many customers were affected.

Hawaiian Electric apologizes for the inconvenience and thanks its customers for their patience, Pai said.

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localguy wrote:
Another example of HECO's creaking and ancient power grid collapsing under no load at all. Just like the day we had the mild earthquake, causing their system to crash, blacking out the entire island. Later on HECO admitted their incompetence by not upgrading their earthquake sensors and not purchasing the Rapid Restart System they knew would restore power quickly. Why wasn't rapid restart installed? HECO had two choices, spend about $27 million on the system to take care of rate payers or give their clueless CEO and other bureaucrats a huge year end bonus. You know how the decision went. This is what HECO does, nothing good.
on December 6,2013 | 06:06AM
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