Maui News

MECO Maalaea Generating Unit Trips Offline

January 26, 2012, 3:12 PM HST
* Updated January 26, 3:14 PM
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MECO Maalaea Power Plant. Photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

Brief outages were reported on Thursday afternoon, January 26, 2012 after a large diesel generating unit at the Maui Electric Company Maalaea Power Plant tripped offline.

The incident was reported at 1:49 p.m. and all customers were back online by 2:20 p.m., according to MECO Spokesperson Kau’i Awai-Dickson.

As a protective measure, to restore the balance of power supply and demand and prevent a possibly longer and more widespread outage, power was turned off briefly to customers in parts of Lahaina, Waiehu and Upcountry, Maui.

Crews were able to quickly bring additional generators on-line to restore the balance, said Awai-Dickson.

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An investigation is currently underway to determine what caused the generator to trip offline.

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“MECO would like to thank the public for its patience and sincerely apologizes to those affected for the disruption,” said Awai-Dickson in a statement.

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