11 Oct '11, 3pm

Kauai, the Garden Island, Soon to Be the Smart Meter Island: Hawaii's state public utilities regulator has app...

Kauai, the Garden Island, Soon to Be the Smart Meter Island: Hawaii's state public utilities regulator has app...

Hawaii's state public utilities regulator has approved a request by the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) to release funds for participation in a national smart grid demo project. That means every household on Kauai will be equipped with a smart meter. It's a low-risk move for Hawaii's Public Utilities Commission, as Kauai is the fourth most-populous island in the state with about 60,000 citizens. It's also mostly rural , which gained it entry into the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's nationwide demo project. The Smart Grid Project involves 27 electric cooperatives nationwide, according to KIUC, and is designed to help rural utilities implement smart grid tech. The total cost of the project is about $11.9 million, thanks to Kauai's small grid. KIUC said about half of that cash will come from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. “We are a small...

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