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Power fully restored after morning outages on Oahu

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 03:21 p.m. HST, Jun 09, 2014

Problems with a generating station in Campbell Industrial Park caused instability in Hawaiian Electric Co.'s grid resulting in power outages in Leeward and Windward Oahu Monday.

Outages started mid-morning, and power was fully restored by 12:30 p.m., according to HECO.

HECO said the station at Campbell Industrial Park is owned by AES, an independent company that sells power to HECO, and is the single largest generating unit in the system.

The generating station at industrial park went offline at around 9:50 a.m., triggering instability in the system.

To restabilize the grid and prevent a potentially bigger, island-wide outage, HECO said power was disconnected to several neighborhoods.

Affected neighborhoods included Ewa, Mililani, Wahiawa, Waipahu, Kalihi, Pacific Palisades, Kailua, Kaneohe and Waihee.

 The majority of the outages were restored  by 10:30 a.m. However,  5,200 homes and businesses remained without power until later in the day.

A separate, unrelated outage was also reported in Kaaawa at around 9:30 a.m. It affected nearly 800 homes and businesses.

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Skyler wrote:
You know, updates would be nice.... going on 3 hours without power.
on June 9,2014 | 12:30PM
1local wrote:
could have been worse if ocean cable was connected to the neighbor islands.
on June 9,2014 | 02:59PM
Skyler wrote:
Very true, and that's about the stupidest idea I've ever heard. I can only imagine how large the cable would have to be. And knowing our local scavengers & shady recycling places, they'd be cutting it up for the copper.
on June 9,2014 | 04:24PM
Sunny wrote:
This highlights the urgent need to upgrade Oahu's power grid!
on June 9,2014 | 12:41PM
Skyler wrote:
If Rail is ever built & running, there will be even more electric outages, garrans.
on June 9,2014 | 04:25PM
tigerwarrior wrote:
Like I've mentioned on another post--HECO is currently in the process of modernizing their grid with smart-grid technology. Unfortunately for most Oahu residents, this will initially involve customers living in areas such as Kahala, Diamond Head, Waikiki, etc. For most of the rest of us, HECO will have to tweak their grid as best they can--pretty much a trade-off between either increasing or decreasing the frequency of prolonged blackouts.
on June 9,2014 | 06:40PM
loquaciousone wrote:
It's urgent that they restore power asap. Judge Judy comes on at 4pm.
on June 9,2014 | 12:53PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
u lolo u
on June 9,2014 | 06:41PM
James_M wrote:
on June 10,2014 | 04:30AM
iwanaknow wrote:
we got our power back at 11:30am (out for 90 long minutes).
on June 9,2014 | 12:53PM
Skyler wrote:
Ours came on after I posted @ 12:30. Crazy HECO has NO information for outages on their web page or their FB page, and their twitter is (almost) useless.
on June 9,2014 | 01:23PM
inlanikai wrote:
What do you want for 38 cents a kWh?
on June 9,2014 | 03:14PM
Kealii wrote:
A cheeseburger would be nice.
on June 9,2014 | 03:17PM
Skyler wrote:
Can I haz the friez plz?
on June 9,2014 | 04:26PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
No, go do your chores first.
on June 9,2014 | 06:42PM
Skyler wrote:
pau hana - where's my friez?
on June 9,2014 | 10:23PM
Kealii wrote:
Did they run out of coal?
on June 9,2014 | 03:16PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Yes, however it was Michelle on line 2, so a break in service occurred.
on June 9,2014 | 06:33PM
Kealii wrote:
Man, anything to do with the Obama's and a break in service occurs!
on June 9,2014 | 09:31PM
Dolphin743 wrote:
You shouldn't have to drop multiple towns offline for several hours for any single generator. The system is horribly under-engineered and fragile. I don't think it's getting better either.
on June 9,2014 | 03:26PM
harley1 wrote:
When its the single largest generator, you do. It's not like you can bring in power from the next state. Better a 'short' outage that than a total blackout. If you remember November 2006, the loss of a slightly smaller generator led to a cascading total blackout. So improvements have been made - only a partial blackout today instead of total! This one was made worse....wait for it.....by the PV.
on June 9,2014 | 08:47PM
Skyler wrote:
PV is the fly in the ointment :-(
on June 9,2014 | 10:27PM
lowtone123 wrote:
And they want to increase rates? Smh.
on June 9,2014 | 03:31PM
FLIPTOP2 wrote:
This is why HECO got approval for yet another price increase - oh, ya, also to cover their losses by those of us going to solar. Only in Hawaii-nei!!!
on June 9,2014 | 03:35PM
tigerwarrior wrote:
My guess is that part of the reason why HECO is raising rates has to do with their plan to implement smart-grid technologies to help reduce just what we're discussing--blackouts. Unfortunately, such smart-grid "modernization" will initially be available to only 5,200 customers. It won't be until 2018, when HECO projects that all of their customers statewide will be covered. Until then, HECO must find ways to reduce small blackouts without reducing the risk of larger blackouts which could span days--which for all involved is the worst case scenario. For example, increasing the critical number on their grid will decrease the frequency of smaller blackouts--yet would increase the risk of larger blackouts. Conversely, increasing a power line's maximum load will increase the frequency of small blackouts--yet decreases the risk of larger blackouts. For disclaimer purposes, I am not employed by HECO--just a concerned resident.
on June 9,2014 | 06:33PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:

Well aren't we paying these exorbitant high rates to "set it and forget it" instead of "shape up or ship out"?

on June 9,2014 | 06:28PM
goodday wrote:
We are paying high rates for the high cost of generation. There are no easily accessible cheap generation resources in hawaii
on June 9,2014 | 09:57PM
Uncleart66 wrote:
75,000 Hawaiian Electric customers lose power HECO restores power after morning outage Thousands lose power when HECO generators go offline HECO starts trial run of smart-grid technology HECO investigates cause of East Oahu power outage 'Smart controllers' part of HECO's completed upgrade Power restored after widespread outage from Manoa to Kahala Power restored after generator failure leaves 25,000 in dark HECO cleared of blame in blackout
on June 9,2014 | 07:08PM
Wazdat wrote:
on June 9,2014 | 07:19PM
inverse wrote:
Yes, but the CEO and other HECO executives get paid up to millions of dollars per year.
on June 10,2014 | 02:41AM
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