Hawaiian Electric Discussing New Policy to Mitigate Wildfire Risks
De-energizing power lines will become their new protocol
Utility firm Hawaiian Electric Industries said on Friday it was in discussions with the government and other parties to implement a new policy to de-energize power lines as a preventive measure to mitigate wildfire risks.
The company also announced other steps including deploying spotters in risk prone locations as well as expanding inspections of poles and lines.
Just a few months earlier, the company had defended its policy to not implement steps such as de-energizing during the deadly wildfires in Maui.
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