Electrical service is now restored to customers in the Nahiku, Keanae, Peahi, Huelo, and Kailua areas as crews completed work that was a part of the Keanae Substation upgrade project. Safe completion of the job required an interruption in electrical service to these areas today.
As part of the project, Maui Electric crews conducted work today at the recently upgraded Keanae Substation, which provides electrical service to customers in Keanae and Nahiku. In order to make necessary connections and safely transfer load to the upgraded substation, crews de-energized existing 23 kilovolt power lines as well as upgraded multiple poles that feed electricity to customers in Peahi, Huelo, and Kailua.
Should the public have any questions about the Ke‘anae Substation upgrade project, please contact Maui Electric at 871-7777.
Customers in five East Maui communities will be without power this coming Monday.
In an effort to upgrade and improve the electrical service Maui Electric provides to the East Maui community, electrical service to customers in the Nahiku, Keanae, Peahi, Huelo, and Kailua areas will be interrupted, weather permitting, as follows:
Date: Monday, September 14, 2015
Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Areas affected: Nahiku, Keanae, Peahi, Huelo and Kailua
Safe completion of the job will require an interruption in electrical service during this time for approximately 700 residential and business customers in these areas. Before the outage, customers are advised to please unplug all unnecessary sensitive electric equipment until power is restored.
“We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank our customers for their patience,” said Sharon Suzuki, president of Maui Electric. “For safety reasons, electrical power must be interrupted while crews work as quickly as possible to ensure reliable service to all of our customers in these areas. Such regular maintenance and upgrades to our electrical system is integral in keeping the lights on for our customers.”
As part of the project, Maui Electric crews will be conducting work at the recently upgraded Keanae Substation, which provides electrical service to customers in Keanae and Nahiku. In order to make necessary connections and safely transfer load to the upgraded substation, crews also need to de-energize existing 23 kilovolt power lines as well as upgrade multiple poles that feed electricity to customers in Peahi, Huelo, and Kailua.
Should the public have any questions about the Keanae Substation Upgrade Project, please contact Maui Electric at 871-7777.
WAILUKU – The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development has selected an Oklahoma based firm to study utility options for the community.
Napili firefighters arrived at 3:51 p.m. and found a 30 by 150-foot strip of grass burning along a dirt road, a half-mile mauka of Honoapiilani Highway, just north of Hui A Road. Another brushfire, a 20 by 20-foot area, was found and extinguished about 400 yards below the larger fire. Both were under electrical transmission lines.
A water tanker from Lahaina and the department’s Air 1 helicopter responded. The fire was contained by 4:40 p.m. and called extinguished at 5:54 p.m.
Cause of the larger fire was determined to be a downed electrical power line belonging to Maui Electric Company. Cause of the smaller fire could not be determined. No structures were threatened, no injuries reported.
WAILUKU – The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development announced today it has posted a Request for Proposals (RFP) to study the options available for a new electric utility model.
The $30,000 analysis is in response to the County’s concerns about the looming NextEra/Hawaiian Electric Industries merger before the Public Utilities Commission, and how it may affect area residents and businesses. The study will look at alternative forms of ownership and the alternative utility business models for Maui County’s electric utility company.
“We must look at our options, but to do that and have a constructive conversation about the matter we need more information,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa. “This study will provide us that information, and will tell us if it would be best to start our own utility, form a co-op as Kauai did, allow the NextEra deal to go through or some other option. We need to make an informed decision as a community.”
The RFP gives the company or firm with the winning proposal four months to provide a preliminary appraisal of the costs associated with purchasing the electric utility company in its entirety and also certain parts of the utility.
It also requests a preliminary assessment of the benefits associated with public power and energy cooperative forms of ownership. In addition, the RFP asks for a preliminary recommendation of the utility structure and ownership option that would best support the transformation of the island grids on Maui, Molokai, and Lanai into near 100 percent renewable energy smart grids and micro-grids.
The RFP is posted on the Maui County website at www.mauicounty.gov/RFP; scroll down to “Services and Non-Design Consultants.” The deadline to submit proposals is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 5, 2015.
For more details about the study, call the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development at 270-7710.
UPDATE: Maui Electric has restored power to all customers in Kaluakoi, Moloka’i as of 9:30 a.m.
\Maui Electric Company would like to inform the public that the Kaluakoi area of Moloka’i is experiencing a power outage. Maui Electric is working to identify the cause and restore electrical service as quickly and safely as possible.
The outage was first reported shortly before 6 a.m. today.
An update will be provided as soon as more information becomes available. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
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