Hawaii and Republic of Korea sign agreement on smart grid development


Neil Abercrombie,
Governor of Hawaii
Honolulu, HI, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — February 8, 2012 – Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie and Choi Kyu-Chong, director of the Electricity Market and Smart Grid Division of the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE), have signed a letter of intent to pursue mutual interests in smart grid development in the Hawaiian islands.

According to a statement from the Governor’ office, the goal of the partnership is to develop a memorandum of understanding for a project in Hawaii similar to the Jeju Island demonstration project in Korea and the joint Korean project with the state of Illinois in which energy saving technology is being installed in several Chicago buildings.

“We are delighted that the Republic of Korea has seen the value of partnering with Hawaii on a mutually beneficial smart grid development project,” said Governor Abercrombie. “Partnerships like this show the world just how serious Hawaii is about our commitment to building a leading clean energy economy through clean energy demonstration and implementation.”

“The Republic of Korea and the state of Hawaii both share the common goals of clean energy and energy independence,” added director Choi Kyu-Chong. “The language that we share is that of green growth, independence and prosperity. Through the development of advanced energy technologies, including smart grid, we can sustain and prosper.”

The next step is for both parties to collaborate on a more defined memorandum of understanding by October 31, 2012, which will describe the project partners, scope, location and resource contributions.

This project is in addition to another smart grid demonstration project that is currently taking place on the island of Maui, spearheaded by Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).