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Power restored after outage

December 6, 2012
The Maui Weekly

Power to Maui Electric Co. customers in Wailea and parts of Kihei was restored Saturday afternoon, Nov. 24, after an outage of nearly two hours.

A notice had been posted on Maui County's Website reporting that approximately 10,000 customers in South Maui had lost power at 11:45 a.m. According to a news release from Kau'i Awai-Dickson, Maui Electric Company spokeswoman, power was restored at 12:15 p.m. to about 8,000 customers and remaining customers were brought back on line at 1:30 p.m.

MECO officials said the power outage in parts of was caused by technical problems arising from preparations for an interconnection tie-in with a transformer to accept renewable power from the Auwahi Wind project in 'Ulupalakua.

The project has yet to go online. A spokesperson said construction of the wind farm is ongoing.



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