Hawaiian Electric Co. has upgraded service for about 12,400 customers in East Honolulu with smart technology that will allow the utility to reduce power outage times from hours to minutes in some situations.
The $15.4 million project, which used $5.3 million in federal stimulus funding, involved installing equipment that can be monitored remotely and controlled at eight of Hawaiian Electric's substations and integrated into the grid.
The system uses a smart controller that monitors system conditions and automatically switches systems when a power outage is detected in the area, which stretches from the university district through Kaimuki and Kahala, Hawaiian Electric, a subsidiary of Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc. (NYSE: HE) said in a statement.
“To the untrained eye, it may not look like the equipment has changed much, but the capabilities of the system have vastly improved," Dan Giovanni, Hawaiian Electric's vice president of energy delivery, said in a statement. "This technology makes this part of our system more responsive and better equipped to restore outages."
Pacific Business News
Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 7:37am HST