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Temporary Outage caused by tripped unit at Maalaea

January 31, 2011, 3:16 PM HST
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By Wendy Osher

Several areas of Maui experienced temporary power outages this afternoon when a generating unit at the Maalaea Power Plant tripped offline.

File image by Wendy Osher.

The trip caused an automatic load shed sequence, a safety mechanism designed to protect the system when power generation capacity falls below electricity demand.

The initial outage was reported at 1:11 p.m.  Crews from Maui Electric Company (MECO) were able to restore power to affected areas before 2 p.m.

MECO spokesperson Kau’i Awai-Dickson said the cause of the unit tripping offline is under investigation.

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MECO officials apologized for the inconvenience and thanked the public for their patience.

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