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Weather, reliance on renewable energy behind Oahu’s blackouts

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                                Hawaiian Electric Co. officials said two of six generation units at its Waiau Power Plant (above) were knocked offline Monday afternoon by a storm, with one unit getting flooded and one unit losing its transmission line to the grid.

    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Hawaiian Electric Co. officials said two of six generation units at its Waiau Power Plant (above) were knocked offline Monday afternoon by a storm, with one unit getting flooded and one unit losing its transmission line to the grid.

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                                <strong>“Faced with a potential generation shortfall, we want to give customers a heads up so they can plan around these brief outages and help conserve power at a critical time.”</strong>
                                <strong>Jim Kelly</strong>
                                <em>Hawaiian Electric vice president of corporate communications</em>

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    “Faced with a potential generation shortfall, we want to give customers a heads up so they can plan around these brief outages and help conserve power at a critical time.”

    Jim Kelly

    Hawaiian Electric vice president of corporate communications

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