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Hawaiian Electric has made an agreement with grid-optimisation company DVI to use its Edge solution as part of Hawaii’s plan to develop smart grids on some islands.

Edge will initially be deployed to 5,200 customers as part of a larger grid modernisation program that includes advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) from Silver Spring Networks among others.

Dan Giovanni, operations senior vice president at Hawaiian Electric, commented on how the programme will highlight the benefits of AMI-based voltage optimisation for the purposes of energy savings, demand reduction and reliability, allowing further integration of renewables on the islands.

Mr Giovanni said: “Implementing both AMI and DVI Edge technology will help improve grid efficiencies and allow for further integration of renewables into Hawaiian Electric’s resource mix.

“The resulting energy savings, combined with the ability to integrate more low-cost renewable energy, will allow Hawaii to reduce its overall dependency on expensive imported oil.”

Giovanni also said the company continues to focus on grid modernisation efforts that benefit the consumer and the utility.

The move represents the first phase of a plan that would develop smart grids across Oahu in Maui County and on Hawaii Island by 2018, and covers customers in Moanalua Valley and portions of Pearl City, Diamond Head, Kaimuki, Kahala and Waikiki.

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