Cable blamed for outage
LIHUE Islandwide power outages that started Sunday afternoon were caused by a frayed cable in the main generator at a Kauai Island Utility Cooperative facility.
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so….in order “go green”….we have to wait for wood chips to dry out, hope the sun shines, not cook, not take hot showers and also reduce our daily activity and island commerce;
no thanks and thank goodness for the diesel engine they found….
A well managed company would have at least 2 spare parts for each and every component of their machinery on hand; they would not have to wait for spare parts to come from the mainland. They know we live on an Island, correct? Very amateurish. Let’s get professional with the running or our co-op.
Cable that is 17 years old, so why didn’t the company replace it a long time ago? Seem like Bissell needs to get fired for this outage happened on his watch. Plain and simple, most power generating facility has a routine maintenance schedule and should have known about ageing equipment that are being used beyond their expiration dates or he and his company are just plain incompetent to run this facility.
In the Air Force, although some electronic equipment may be over 15 years old, we have a routine time based checks on all components and measure its deteriation rates and replace those that are beyond its service date. Apparently this was never done and to try and blame it on “mother nature” is just another excuse to sweep the problem under the rug.
Bissell should have known to prioritize each generating station and work on the more serious one before conducting down times on others that can wait. He apparently just let it run down and cause and island wide shutdown having negative results on both consumers and business alike. I would sue this company for any losses that might have occurred, for lost internet, food spoilage and other related issues
Sounds like this utility is being run by corrupt officials of Pureto Rico.
In response to James who labels the KIUC management “amateurish” perhaps he should run for a seat on the board of directors so that we can benefit from his expertise. I think this utility has a sound management and operations team in place. We do live on an island, unlike on the mainland where a truck or train can deliver quickly, but that’s part of what we give up to live here. A person who isn’t content with utility service is always free to invest in a stand alone solar/battery system.
Maybe KIUC should start hiring people who know what they’re doing instead of trying to keep idiot cousins and nephews employed.