Hawai’i Electric Light: 13,000 Lose Power, Cause Under Investigation
About 13,000 Hawai’i Electric Light customers around the Big Island lost power for a brief period of time on Wednesday.
Hawai’i Electric Light spokeswoman Kristen Okinaka told Big Island Now that the brief power outage lasted approximately nine minutes, beginning at 12:29 p.m. The power interruption mainly affected West Hawai’i customers, but was felt as far East as Pahala.
“It was an under-frequency load shed, basically automatic load shedding,” Okinana said, citing a filed company report. She said it was “related to sudden loss of generation.”
What caused the sudden loss of generation remains under investigation by Hawai’i Electric Light crews.