Hawaii PUC approves $5.3M HECO smart grid project

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaiian Electronic Company's request to use a $5.3 million federal stimulus grant to install smart grid technology has been approved by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission.

According to HECO, the smart grid technology will improve electric service to customers on Oahu.

The installations of computerized automated controls will help speed up troubleshooting during outages and reduce outage time.

"This smart grid project is part of our overall effort to upgrade our system to improve reliability, increase efficiency and support the use of more clean energy," Hawaiian Electric executive vice president Robbie Alm said.

The work is part of HECO's East Oahu Transmission Project, which will allow the company to reduce outage times for approximately 12,400 customers in Manoa, through Kaimuki and Kahala.

The smart grid project is estimated to be completed by 2012.

It will cost $15.4 million, but the federal stimulus grant lowers the cost to $10.1 million.

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