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Hawaiian Electric lays out plan for wildfire prevention power shutoffs

About 48,000 Hawaiian Electric customers on four islands should start preparing for power shutoffs possibly lasting several hours to a few days under a new effort to prevent wildfires during high-risk weather conditions. Hawaii’s largest electric utility on Wednesday announced parameters for an initial phase of its public safety power shutoff program scheduled to become active July 1.

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Jim Kelly, VP of government and community relations and corporate communications at HECO, speaks during a news conference on Wednesday at Hawaiian Electric’s main headquarters in Honolulu.
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Jim Kelly, VP of government and community relations and corporate communications at HECO, speaks during a news conference on Wednesday.
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Jim Kelly, VP of government and community relations and corporate communications at HECO, speaks during a news conference on Wednesday.
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Jim Kelly, VP of government and community relations and corporate communications at HECO, speaks during a news conference on Wednesday.
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Colton Ching, left, senior vice president, planning and technology, passes Jim Kelly, VP of government and community relations and corporate communications at HECO.
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Colton Ching, senior vice president planning and technology at HECO, speaks during a news conference on Wednesday.
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Brendan Bailey, VP of customer service at HECO, speaks during a news conference on Wednesday.
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Brendan Bailey, VP of customer service at HECO, speaks during a news conference on Wednesday.
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Honolulu Fire Dept. Chief Kalani Hao speaks during a news conference on Wednesday.
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Honolulu Fire Dept. Chief Kalani Hao speaks during a news conference on Wednesday.
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Slides are seen during a news conference on Wednesday.
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Ernest Lau, of the Board of Water Supply, speaks during a news on Wednesday.
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Ernest Lau, of the Board of Water Supply, speaks during a news conference on Wednesday.
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Slides are seen during a news conference on Wednesday.
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Slides are seen during a news conference on Wednesday.
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Jim Kelly, VP of government and community relations and corporate communications at HECO, listens during a news conference.

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