Maui Smart Grid News

VOLUNTEER MEETING SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 4TH

The Malcolm Center

All Maui Smart Grid Project volunteers are invited to a talk- story session at the Malcolm Center Tuesday, December 4th at 5:30 p.m. The purpose of the gathering is to allow project volunteers to share experiences, questions, and comments with one another and project partners, such as Hawai‘i Natural Energy Institute and Maui Electric Company. The discussion will play an important role in analyzing this demonstration project.

Please RSVP here:

The Malcolm Center is located within MEDB’s Ke Alahele Center at the Maui Research and Technology Park. The address is 1305 N. Holopono St., Ste. 5, Kihei. Refreshments will be provided. We hope to see you there!

We are excited to be moving through the phases of the Maui Smart Grid Project and will keep you informed of our progress through this newsletter, our Facebook page, and our website.

NOTE FROM THE PROJECT PARTNERS

For project volunteers who have received or will receive the optional PowerTabTM In-Home Display—

Hawai`i Natural Energy Institute, Silver Spring Networks, and Maui Electric Company have completed final adjustments to the Advanced Meter Infrastructure to ensure real-time cost of energy usage will be shown on your In-Home Display devices. This update will commence and display as your next billing cycle starts. Therefore, your In-Home Displays will start to update periodically throughout the following month.

REVIEWING DATA FROM YOUR SMART METER

There are two ways to review data from your Smart Meter. Using an Internet-connected computer, you can log on to your Web portal with your username and password. With the optional PowerTabTM In-Home Display, you can re- view real-time data at your convenience via a hand-held device. Please let us know if you need help.

PROJECT SCHEDULE

November:
HNU completes installation of in-home technologies for volunteers who requested them.

December:
MEDB hosts a gathering in Kihei for volunteers to discuss their experiences and best practices.

QUOTABLE

“Smart grid technologies could contribute to greenhouse gas emission reductions by increasing efficiency and conservation and facilitating renewable energy integra- tion.” -Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

DID YOU KNOW…

The results from the Maui Smart Grid Project will be compared with other demonstration projects throughout the nation and used for decision making on future Smart Grid initiatives in the State of Hawai‘i. The data will be used to help manage grid operations more efficiently.

FOUND ON THE WEB …

Blue Planet Foundation has published an interesting article on the environmental and economic benefits of Smart Meters. One portion of the article references the type of in-home displays that are available to Maui Smart Grid Project volunteers:
“Smart meter-enabled, in-home displays can help customers take control of their energy use. Imagine if you paid for groceries the way you pay for electricity—in one monthly bill that doesn’t specify what anything costs. How would you know where to save? Like an itemized grocery receipt, an in-home display reports real-time electricity usage, showing customers exactly when their money is being spent.”
Here’s a link to the article:

FAQ

How do Smart Meters work?
Smart Meters use low- energy radio frequency waves to transmit information to the utility, the Web portal, and the In-Home Display. Smart meters use the same bands as many common devices such as baby monitors, cordless phones, microwave ovens, and various medical devices.

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