The local government in Maui has sued the Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) this week after claiming the business caused the deadly wildfire earlier this month.
“Maui County filed a lawsuit in state Second Circuit Court in Hawaii against Hawaiian Electric and its subsidiaries on Maui, alleging the company failed to maintain the electrical system and power grid during a windstorm that lashed the island, resulting in three different fires that erupted on Aug. 8,” The Wall Street Journal said.
The utility company has also been blamed for spending money on “green” energy alternatives rather than in improving the safety of its transmission network.
The case appears similar to that of the Pacific Gas & Electric Company in California, whose transmission network has been blamed for sparking several massive wildfires in recent years during periods of high wind. There, too, the political left has blamed climate change, though conservatives have pointed out that poor forest management and environmental policies have allowed brush to grow in forests and around infrastructure, creating more fuel for fires.