MECO to dis­cuss mod­ern­iza­tion plans

The Maui News - - TODAY’S PEOPLE - The Maui News

A com­mu­nity meet­ing to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion and to so­licit com­ment about Maui Elec­tric Co.’s draft plan to mod­ern­ize the power grids on Maui, Molokai and Lanai is set to be­gin at 5 p.m. Wed­nes­day at the Cameron Cen­ter.

An over­view of the draft plan will be pre­sented with a ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sion from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Light re­fresh­ments will be served.

The draft Grid Mod­ern­iza­tion Strat­egy, filed with the state Pub­lic Util­i­ties Com­mis­sion in June, de­scribes the scope and es­ti­mated $205 mil­lion cost to up­date the en­ergy net­works of Maui Elec­tric, Hawai­ian Elec­tric and Hawaii Elec­tric Light Cos. over the next six years, the MECO news re­lease said.

Pub­lic com­ment gath­ered from this meet­ing and oth­ers on Oahu and Hawaii Is­land will be in­cluded in the fi­nal plan to be sub­mit­ted to the PUC at the end of Au­gust.

The draft plan aims to bring on more re­new­able re­sources, like pri­vate rooftop so­lar; to in­crease re­li­a­bil­ity; and to give cus­tomers new choices to con­trol their en­ergy use.

High­lights of the draft plan in­clude: ≤ Dis­tri­bu­tion of smart me­ters strategically rather than sys­temwide. Tar­get cus­tomers could in­clude those with rooftop so­lar on sat­u­rated cir­cuits and oth­ers in­ter­ested in de­mand-re­sponse pro­grams, vari­able rates or who seek us­age data.

≤ Re­liance on ad­vanced in­verter tech­nol­ogy to en­able greater rooftop so­lar adop­tion.

≤ Ex­panded use of volt­age man­age­ment tools, es­pe­cially on cir­cuits with heavy so­lar use, to max­i­mize cir­cuit ca­pac­i­ties for pri­vate rooftop so­lar and other cus­tomer re­sources.

≤ Ex­panded use of sen­sors and au­to­mated con­trols at sub­sta­tions and neigh­bor­hood cir­cuits.

≤ En­hanced out­age man­age­ment and no­ti­fi­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy.

The draft plan and re­lated doc­u­ments are avail­able at maui­elec­tric.com/ grid­mod. Pub­lic com­ments on the plan can be sub­mit­ted to grid­mod@hawai­ian elec­tric.com un­til Aug. 9.

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