Monday, May 6, 2019

USA, Hawaii: Electricity May be Restored Soon at Puna Geothermal Venture

HELCO works to restore power at PGV (Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

Rainbow from a Passing shower. Puna Geothermal Plant,
Pahoa, Hawaii, USA. Sam Abraham on February 24, 2012.
GRC Photo Contest 2012.
Electricity may be restored soon at Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) as the Hawaii Electric Light Company (HELCO) works to reconnect the facility to the electric grid.

HELCO spokeswoman Kristen Okinaka said both HELCO and PGV are hard at work to restore the geothermal plant to operational capacity by the end of this year. As part of that process, HELCO is currently extending power lines to the PGV facility over the cooled lava flow.

PGV has previously stated that it will return to full operational status by the end of 2019. Kaleikini said there are no new developments in that process and that they are still working on assessing the facility.