06 Feb '12, 2pm

Hawaii Using Smart Grid Controls to Turn Lights Off When the Wind Stops Blowing

Hawaii Using Smart Grid Controls to Turn Lights Off When the Wind Stops Blowing

David Sifry via Flickr CC /CC BY 2.0 Hawaii has the wonderfully ambitious goal of getting 70 percent of their energy needs from renewable sources by 2030 . To meet that goal, the state will be developing lots of stable geothermal and biomass power, but they'll also be relying heavily on wind power. Hawaii has great wind power resources, but the downside is the variability of the wind. For the smaller islands especially, which currently depend on diesel-powered generators, a major downturn in wind power generation or a peak in demand that isn't being met by those sources could be a disaster for the grid. To practice responding to those fluctuations, Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO) is teaming up with Honeywell to use their automated demand response technology in its first wind power-based pilot. HECO is offering customers some major cash incentives to take part in this voluntar...

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