MECO meetings for line project updates

Maui Electric Co. will host two community meetings next week to provide information and updates on the Maalaea to Kamalii 69-kilovolt transmission line project, according to a company news release.

“The transmission line project is part of Maui Electric Company’s South Maui Reliability Projects, which are proposed to meet the existing and future electrical needs of the growing South Maui community,” the news release said.

Design concept and route options for the project, as preliminarily developed by electrical engineering consultants, will be presented to the community at the meetings.

“We’re looking at strengthening the system in that area, meeting energy needs for those residents, as South Maui (continues) to grow,” company spokeswoman Kau’i Awai-Dickson said.

As of April, South Maui ranked third in areas with the most load distribution, with 23 percent of the island’s consumption, according to utility records. Central Maui had the greatest distribution with 33 percent, followed by West Maui, which had 26 percent.

Over the past two years, Maui Electric Co. has hosted public meetings to get community feedback on a number of options for the conceptual transmission line connecting Maalaea Power Plant to a Kamalii substation. In December 2011, the utility solicited community input on options including an all-overhead mauka corridor, an all-overhead double circuit existing route, an overhead and underground Piilani Highway route, an all-overhead Piilani Highway route and a hybrid route corridor.

The utility recently hosted a second round of meetings in April to update the community and get more feedback.

The meetings will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 both nights:

* Tuesday, Kihei Community Center.

* Sept. 5, Pomaikai Elementary School Cafeteria in Kahului.

For more information, contact Ryan Powell, Maui Electric Co. project manager, at 872-3213 or Erin Mukai, Munekiyo & Hiraga Inc., project consultant, at 244-2015.