Lava Impact on the Big Island’s Electric Supply and Demand

HELCO (Hawaii Electric Light Company) provides the bulk of the electricity to the Big Island.  The lava flow in lower Puna has meant the loss of Puna Geothermal (which provided around 1/4 of the island’s electricity and is now shut down), the loss of facilities, and also the loss of customers.  What’s the total impact, the cost, and the impact on rates?  HELCO President Jay Ignacio and Big Island General Manager Kevin Waltjen tell us.  Photo of Jay Ignacio, Kevin Waltjen, and Sherry Bracken courtesy Jennifer Zelko Schleuter.

Air Date:  July 8, 2018