Maui Weekly Article: Sustainable Living Institute of Maui


Smart Energy Grid Coming Soon to Maui
$14 million South Maui Energy Project will impact about 200 homes in a select area of Maui Meadows.
“It’s free and it’s risk-free.”

Article by:Tom Blackburn-Rodriguez

According to Hawai‘i Clean Energy Initiative goals adopted by the Public Utilities Commission, by 2030, 40 percent of the state’s energy production must come from renewable energy sources, and overall, Hawai‘i must achieve a 30 percent increase in energy efficiency.
Last week, James Griffin, Ph.D., assistant specialist at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Hawai‘i Natural Energy Institute, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology and project manager for the South Maui Energy Project, presented a Maui audience with a glimpse of how those goals might be achieved.

Speaking to an audience of business and community leaders at a program sponsored by the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM) and the Office of Continuing Education and Training (OCET) at UH Maui College, Dr. Griffin described the role of smart grids and Maui’s energy future…

Dr. James Griffin
Hawai’i Natural Energy Institute
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Jennifer Chirico
UH-Maui S.L.I.M. Director

A Maui smart grid, however, could assist in forecasting energy needs and help anticipate variations.
“Smart meters would be an integral part of a smart grid system,” said Dr. Griffin.

According to Griffin, four million smart meters have been installed in Northern California. He said it is inevitable that what has begun as a voluntary system will become mandatory as the population and energy demand increases…

Here are characteristics or performance features of a smart grid:
• Self-healing from power disturbance events;
• Enabling active participation by consumers in demand response;
• Operating resiliently against physical and cyber attack;
• Providing power quality for 21st century needs;
• Accommodating all generation and storage options;
• Enabling new products, services, and markets;
• Optimizing assets and operating efficiently.

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