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Power restored after multiple outages reported on Maui

A power outage affecting more than 18,000 customers on various parts of Maui was cause by the loss of wind generation provided by an independent energy partner, according to Maui Electric Company spokeswoman Shayna Decker.

Shortly after 11 a.m. today, multiple power outages had been reported on Maui, and police were urging motorists to use caution while driving through intersections without working signals.

This afternoon, Decker said approximately 18,300 customers in various parts of Maui, including Hana, Lahaina, Wailea, Haiku, Upcountry, and Kahului, experienced an outage due to a loss in wind generation provided by an independent energy partner.

“This triggered a load shed, or an interruption of electrical service to multiple circuits, to protect the island’s electrical system from further damage,” said Maui Electric in a statement. “All customers were restored by 11:40 a.m.”

Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled Maui Electric Company spokeswoman Shayna Decker’s name.
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