Outage affected up to 75,000 Oahu customers

Published On: Apr 02 2013 11:07:00 AM HST

About 75,000 customers were without power this morning. Hawaiian Electric Company says it all started with an unexpected shutdown of its largest pwer generator at around 10:30 a.m. Most of the power was restored within an hour.

HONOLULU -

Power outages were reported across Oahu Tuesday morning.

The Hawaiian Electric Company says independent power producer AES, which sells electricity to HECO, went out of service unexpectedly at around 10:30 a.m.

AES owns and operates the largest generating unit on Oahu and was supplying about 23 percent of the island's power at the time the generator shut down.

This required HECO to shut off service to customers in Central, Leeward and Windward Oahu.  This is part of an automatic protection system that can prevent a longer and more widespread outage.

The outage affected up to 75,000 customers on Oahu.

At 11:09 a.m., power was restored for the majority of customers.

“We began restoring power as quickly as possible while still ensuring safety,” said Darren Pai, Hawaiian Electric spokesperson. “We sincerely apologize to our customers for the disruption.”

If anyone doesn't have power, call the HECO trouble line at 548-7961.

The power went out at the Pearl Highlands Center just after 10:30 a.m.

Some viewers said the areas affected included Waipio, Mililani, Mililani Mauka, Kailua and Salt Lake.

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