Hawaiian Electric urges residents to reduce evening power usage this week

Big Island residents have been urged to save energy in the evenings this week.

Hawaiian Electric said Hamakua Energy Providers – the island’s largest independent power provider – is currently “unavailable” and not producing the 60 megawatts of electricity it typically generates. Additionally, one of Hawaiian Electric’s own power plants undergoes annual maintenance, creating another 14 megawatt shortfall.

For this reason, Hawaiian Electric has urged residents to save energy between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. each night this week. Suggested methods include turning off or dimming lights, postponing showers, laundry and dishwashing, and minimizing cooking during evening hours.

Hawaiian Electric also asked major commercial suppliers to reduce their own energy consumption and accelerated its own maintenance and repair programs. The company also asked Puna Geothermal Venture to operate at the maximum possible power.

Hawaiian Electric currently plans to have enough generating capacity to meet peak demand in the early evening, and energy conservation efforts can ensure that power outages will not be necessary. However, if power outages become necessary, Hawaiian Electric will use social media to notify affected areas in advance.

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