Hawaiian Electric Companies have selected GridBright, Inc. to provide consulting support in the procurement of an Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS).
Hawaiian Electric and its subsidiaries Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light are the investor-owned public utilities serving Oahu, Hawaii Island, Maui, Molokai, and Lanai.
The utilities achieved a 27% renewable portfolio standard in 2017 and have a goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045. On Oahu, for example, a third of single-family homes have private rooftop solar. As part of an overall grid modernisation strategy, the Hawaiian Electric Companies seek to select and install a new ADMS.
"This new system will help us support our renewable energy goals through more efficient use of grid assets and new customer participation programs," said Ron Cox, Hawaiian Electric senior vice president of operations. "In addition, it will enhance grid reliability, resilience and safety by giving our grid operators more modern tools in the control room."
GridBright specialises in grid management solutions for utilities, renewable developers, and researchers. It currently serves over 40 clients in the utility industry, including California Wind Energy Association, Consolidated Edison of New York, Eversource Energy, and the US Department of Energy.
GridBright will help the Hawaiian Electric Companies identify their future requirements for managing their electric grid with increasing levels of renewables, Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), and Distributed Automation (DA).
GridBright will then assist the Hawaiian Electric Companies with a competitive Request-for-Proposal (RFP) process with leading vendors to evaluate and select an ADMS solution provider.
"The Hawaiian Electric Companies are on the leading edge of utilities seeking to modernise their grid management systems to prepare for a higher penetration of renewables and DERs," said Ali Vojdani, CEO of GridBright. "We are honored that they have selected GridBright to help them in this journey."