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Workers repair transformer blamed for islandwide outage on Kauai

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:07 a.m. HST, Mar 30, 2012

Crew members at Kauai Island Utility Cooperative conducted repair work Thursday on a faulty transformer that caused an islandwide outage a day earlier. 

Spokeswoman Shelley Paik said an insulation breakdown at the Port Allen Generating Station is the probable cause of the transformer failure that caused generators to trip offline, affecting 25,000 members. 

Electricians are replacing the bushings on the transformer. Paik said work might be completed by the end of the day Thursday.  

The power outage occurred at 5:15 p.m, leaving people in the dark at dinnertime. Power was restored to nearly all customers by about 10:30 p.m. Crew members restored power to Halelani Village in Puhi about 2 a.m.

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FLIPTOP2 wrote:
Me thinks Kauai civil defense didn't learn much from Iniki allowing a single accident to take down the entire state's power. Looks like a single point of failure still exists, eh?
on March 28,2012 | 10:02PM
FLIPTOP2 wrote:
** Correction** Should have read "...entire island's power" vice "...entire state's power."
on March 29,2012 | 08:24AM
Aquarius1 wrote:
What does Kauai Civil Defense have to do with the electric utility? Do they govern KIUC's operation? I'm not very clear......
on March 29,2012 | 09:24AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Hawaiian Electric Industries do your job. We have advanced beyond the cavemen.
on March 28,2012 | 10:21PM
goodday wrote:
kauai isn't part of HEI
on March 28,2012 | 10:51PM
Graham wrote:
Right. People are quick to blame HECO.
on March 29,2012 | 07:32AM
Aquarius1 wrote:
Hello! HEI has electric utility companies in Hawaii, Maui and HOnolulu county. NOT Kauai! Check facts first.
on March 29,2012 | 09:25AM
Numilalocal wrote:
SOME parts of Kauai got power restored after other areas. Wailua Homesteads came back on after about 2 hours. Confirms my theory that all KIUC needs to drop power is a nice day. But hey, beats browouts like what used to happen when I was small kid!
on March 29,2012 | 09:30AM
Aquarius1 wrote:
I remember hanabata days at Numila and related camps. Those were the days.
on March 29,2012 | 09:36AM
goodday wrote:
They can't just restore everyone's power at once. They have to match load and generation.
on March 29,2012 | 11:07PM
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