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Hawaiian Electric Co. is asking its Oahu customers to cut back on their air conditioners, limit hot showers, dishwashing and and cooking to avoid power outages this evening.

The hot, muggy weather, light winds and a downed power plant have contributed to heightened demand and decreased power supply, according to a HECO press release. A power plant owned by Kalaeloa Partners is out of service due to “unexpected repairs” and Oahu’s wind farms aren’t generating a lot of energy because of the low winds.

Customers are being asked to conserve energy between the hours

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Hawaiian Electric Co. is warning customers on Oahu who have hooked up solar systems to its grid without the utility’s approval to shut them down or utility workers will.

“After sufficient notice, if a customer does not disconnect the PV system and notify Hawaiian Electric, PUC rules give the utility authority to shut off the system and lock it to prevent interconnection until technical and other checks confirm it is safe,” according to a HECO press release. “Regular electric service will continue for customers with locked-out PV systems.”

The utility doesn’t have an estimate on

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The Hawaii Department of Health may take more aggressive action to force the U.S. Navy to implement better leak detection and prevention technology at its Red Hill Underground Fuel Storage Facility where an estimated 27,000 gallons of fuel leaked in January. 

The two sides are currently negotiating a “consent order” related to improved leak detection and prevention efforts at the Navy’s WWII era facility that leaked an estimated 27,000 gallons of fuel in January. 

But if a settlement can’t be reached, the health department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency