- Courtesy of: Duane Shimogawa
Reporter- Pacific Business News
Hawaiian Electric Co. said it planned to conduct rolling outages in various areas of Oahu Monday evening in response to the loss of several generating units, including the largest on the island operated by independent power producer, AES, which required it to briefly shut off power for about 10 minutes earlier in the day. The targeted emergency outages, which were scheduled to happen between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Nuuanu-School Street area, all of Hawaii Kai and sections of Waimanalo and Kahala; from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for most of Waipahu, sections of Pearl City, Kunia, Ewa Beach, Waiawa, Crestview and sections of Mililani; and from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. for Pearl City, Waimalu, Waialua and Kuilima, were needed to avoid a more widespread outage or damage to the grid, Hawaiian Electric said. The outage earlier on Monday happened after a 180-megawatt power plant run by AES in West Oahu unexpectedly went down. Additionally, the Kalaeloa Power Plant in West Oahu, another independent power producer, has been generating less than half of its maximum output of 208 megawatts as it goes through repairs. Hawaiian Electric’s generating units at the Kahe Power Plant in West Oahu, which normally produces 135 megawatts, also was offline after it unexpectedly experienced problems Monday morning. The Honolulu-based utility asked Oahu customers to help with the situation by conserving power use during the evening hours on Monday, especially between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Hawaiian Electric also asked its larger commercial customers to voluntarily reduce electricity use.
Gindi French grew up in Southern California finally settling in the Pasadena area. She began her career working at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory while in high school. To facilitate a career in spacecraft & instrumentation engineering, she attended the State of California Polytechnic University, Pomona as a mechanical engineering major. Ten years of engineering work allowed Gindi to work on several spacecrafts and deep sea instruments fulfilling a dream of exploring extreme environments. Strong participation in student and mentoring programs allowed Gindi to find great fulfillment and the new passion of teaching, which she later pursued as a private tutor. When life’s changes brought Gindi to Hawaii in 2004, she consulted for the University of Hawaii School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology and the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory. She also became involved in the trades first as the office manager of K M Electrical Services and later as manager and backflow tester at B.J. Genz Plumbing LLC. Despite the great opportunity afforded in the trades, Gindi missed working with students, and so she taught courses in Technical Communication at UH Manoa before opening her own private tutoring company, Rocket Science Tutoring. She is a member of the Hawaii Kai Chamber of Commerce, the Honolulu Business Network-East Oahu, the East Honolulu Breakfast Club and other trade and charitable organizations. Gindi lives in Hawai’i Kai with her three children.