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Hawaii Takes Steps Toward Two-Way Power Grid

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The current electric grid in Hawaii is a one-way power supply grid, but the state Public Utility Commission recently approved the first step towards Hawaiian Electric Cos. to transform into a two-way power and information platform. 

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According to Maui News, this is the first phase of a four-year $86 million plan that will help to expand the amount of privately owned solar generation the utility can accept by employing advanced meters to help monitor and manage the grid. They note that:

"Other highlights of the first phase include:

  • Launch of a meter data management system that collects and stores data received from the advanced meters.
  • Implementation of a telecommunications network that enables the communication path for both advanced meters and field devices for distribution sensing, control and automation. Programs now rely only on cellular service that isn't available in all areas. 
  • Setting the foundation for overlaying digital intelligence and automation to create a more efficient, resilient electric system capable of utilizing all grid-connected resources.

What do you expect to come from this shift to a two-way power grid from Hawaii? The possibilities for energy management certainly increase as the grid expands into the 21st century with this move. 


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