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HECO starts trial run of smart-grid technology

The system provides immediate data on power usage and quick alerts of outages

By Alan Yonan Jr.

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 11, 2014

~~<p>Hawaiian Electric Co. will soon start testing a smart-grid program on Oahu that will wirelessly transmit real-time information on customers' electricity use to the utility, allowing HECO to integrate more renewable energy into its grid and respond faster to power failures.</p>
<p>The test, which involves 5,200 homes in six neighborhoods from Pearl City to Kahala, is a precursor to an eventual expansion of smart grid technology to the rest of Oahu, as well as Maui County and Hawaii island, by 2018, HECO officials said Monday.</p>
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Hawaiian Electric Co. will soon start testing a smart-grid program on Oahu that will wirelessly transmit real-time information on customers' electricity use to the utility, allowing HECO to integrate more renewable energy into its grid and respond faster to power failures.

The test, which involves 5,200 homes in six neighborhoods from Pearl City to Kahala, is a precursor to an eventual expansion of smart grid technology to the rest of Oahu, as well as Maui County and Hawaii island, by 2018, HECO officials said Monday. Login for more...



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