Nearly 24,000 lose power across Maui

The Maui News

Nearly 24,000 Maui Electric Co. customers lost electricity from as little as about five minutes to as much as two hours Sunday morning after the sudden loss of power generation from a unit at the Maalaea Power Plant and from two independent wind farms, utility officials said.

The 23,900 customers were in various parts of Lahaina, Upcountry, South Maui, Kahului and Wailuku, MECO said.

The loss of power generation around 7:30 a.m. Sunday triggered an automatic load shedding procedure that affected various circuits of the island’s electrical system. The procedure is designed to protect the system and prevent a more widespread outage, officials said.

Customers were brought back online in phases, starting around 7:35 a.m. and ending at 9:50 a.m. with all power restored.

A separate outage at 8:45 a.m. Sunday left about 8,500 customers without power in Pukalani and East Maui after a tree fell on power lines, the utility reported. Electricity was returned to all customers by 11:05 a.m. after crews cut the tree clear of power lines.