Whom to call?
On Maui call our Trouble Dispatch office at 871-7777 to report the power outage. On Molokai and Lanai call 1-877-871-8461.
Have a damage claim?
If you believe your sensitive electronic equipment has been damaged as a result of a power outage, you can file a claim with MECO. The claim is to be filed within 30 days of the power outage. If it is determined that the damage to your equipment was caused by something within MECO’s control, you will receive compensation. For details please refer to the information below.
The Public Utilities Commission has ruled that you have a responsibility to protect your electronic equipment. To do so, we suggest that you:
- Unplug sensitive electronic equipment during rainstorms, if there is lightning, and if the power goes out.
- Properly ground your cable TV, telephone, and utility service lines.
- Install protective devices like a surge suppressor or an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) to protect individual sensitive equipment.
Filing a claim
Should you experience an interruption of electrical service, you have the right to file a claim for compensation for any loss caused by that interruption of service. (See Rule No. 16 below)
When to file a claim
For a customer’s claim to be valid, it must be filed with the Company within thirty (30) days of the interruption of service.
Information to provide
The information you provide should be as complete as possible. Be sure to keep all receipts for repairs or replacement estimates.
How to file a claim
You can file a claim in one of three ways:
1. Complete the "Claim for Damage and Loss" form (click here to download), and mail.
2. You can send a letter with the necessary information to:
Maui Electric Company
Attention: Damage Claims
P.O. Box 398
Kahului, HI 96733-6898
3. Call Maui Electric Company at 871-7777 and a representative will take down the information we need to review your claim. On Molokai and Lanai, call toll free 1-877-871-8461 for assistance.
Rule No. 16
The Company will exercise reasonable diligence and care to furnish and deliver a continuous and sufficient supply of electric energy to the customer, and to avoid any interruption of delivery of same. The Company will not be liable for interruption or insufficiency of supply or any loss, cost, damage or expense of any nature whatsoever, occasioned thereby if caused by accident, storm, fire, strikes, riots, war or any cause not within the Company’s control through the exercise of reasonable diligence and care.
The Company, whenever it shall find it necessary for the purpose of making repairs, changes or improvements to its system, will have the right to suspend temporarily the delivery of electric energy, but in all such cases, as reasonable notice thereof as circumstances will permit, will be given to the customer, and the making of such repairs, changes or improvements will be prosecuted as rapidly as may be practicable, and if practicable, at such times as will cause the least inconvenience to the affected customers.
Should a shortage of supply ever occur, the Company will apportion its available supply of electricity among its customers as authorized or directed by the Public Utilities Commission. In the absence of a Commission order, the Company will apportion the supply in the manner that appears to it most equitable under conditions then prevailing. Any rules, regulations, rate or contracts of the Company which are inconsistent with such order or plan shall be deemed suspended while such order or plan is in effect and the Company shall not be liable when it acts in substantial compliance with such order or plan.
On a semiannual basis, the Company shall provide to the customer, notification of the customer’s right to file compensation claims with the Company for any loss, cost, damage or expense caused by an interruption of service. The notification shall be on a separate information sheet enclosed with the billing.
For a customer’s compensation claim to be valid, it must be filed with the Company within thirty (30) days of the interruption of service. The Company shall review every claim and shall compensate the customer for any loss, cost, damage or expense as determined by the Company to be within the Company’s control.
PUC Order 10960
Effective February 6, 1991