Lava, Loss of PGV Capacity Create Electricity Challenges

May 24, 2018

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The Big Island's electric utility, Hawaii Electric Light Company, has been working around the clock to react to the on going Kilauea eruption. Utility crews were recently pulled out of Leilani Estates due to unsafe levels of sulfur dioxide. Additionally, the loss of capacity from the Puna Geothermal Venture has reduced to overall supply of electricity on the island.

The Conversation's Catherine Cruz spoke with Hawaiian Electric Company's Vice President for Corporate Relations Jim Kelly electric utility's efforts in the event of losing PGV.