Hawaiian Electric Company has finalised the installation of 5 200 smart meters for customers in Moanalua Valley, portions of Pearl City, Kaimuki, Diamond Head, Kahala and Waikiki.
With the accompanying web portal, the meters provide data by day, time of day and even 15-minute increments. This installation is part of a smart meter pilot programme to trail the technology on the islands. If the smart grid plan proposed by HECO is approved by the Public Utilities Commission, the utility plans to incorporate smart grids across Oahu, in Maui County and on Hawaii Island by 2018.
According to Hawaiian Electric, ‘The development of smart grids is a key part of Hawaiian Electric’s energy transition plan.’ This plan included providing more than 65% of the state’s energy through renewable energy sources, lowering customer bills by 20% and nearly tripling the amount of rooftop solar energy by 2030.
The smart grid programme will be wireless enabled to integrate it into the existing grid, and will enable outage detraction, automated system controls and advanced metering.
There is no charge to customers for the switch to smart meters, HECO said.