Maui Electric Company will hold three meetings on Molokai to discuss the regular power outages that have affected thousands of customers.
The first meeting will be next Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the Kualapu’u Elementary School cafeteria at 6 p.m. The following day, Wednesday, Jan. 29, there will be an East End meeting at Kilohana Community Center at 6 p.m. The final meeting, for those in central Molokai, will be at the Kulana ‘Oiwi halau on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served at all meetings.
Most recently, two power outages were reported on Jan. 14 — one on the West End and the other on the East End. The two unrelated outages affected more than 2,000 Molokai customers.
Previous to that, a fallen tree branch knocked out power to 1,800 customers on Jan. 7. The outage lasted almost three hours.
Three other power outages took place on Molokai on Dec. 19, 22 and 26, 2013.
Other smaller outages have also been reported from customers.
MECO has attributed some of these outages to trees or branches in power lines or equipment, vehicle pole accidents and electrical equipment problems. However, MECO reports that the cause of a few outages, including the two on Dec. 22 and 26, are still under investigation.
“What we do know is that a sudden decrease in frequency triggers the load shed scheme which automatically turns off power to certain circuits to avoid damaging the entire system,” said Joe Kentz, MECO’s transmission and distribution manager for MECO.