Grid Modernization Technologies

What is Grid Modernization?

Grid modernization incorporates communications and information technologies to better manage how electricity is produced, consumed, stored and delivered. By collecting real-time data across the electric grid and enabling remote capabilities to make adjustments, grid modernization helps your energy provider to more effectively regulate fluctuations in power supply and demand and deliver power more efficiently. This gives the electric grid greater flexibility to integrate renewable energy and offer you more energy management tools and pricing options such as time-of-use rates.

Learn more about our Grid Modernization Strategy and understand how rate options will help our customers better manage their energy usage with our Advanced Rated Design Strategy.

How Does Grid Modernization Technology Work?

Grid modernization technology enhances the capabilities of the electric grid by:

  • Improving reliability: When outages take place, grid modernization technologies and advanced meters will communicate with each other and send an outage alert to your electric utility. This will allow us to quickly locate the problem area on the electric grid. In some cases, problems can be fixed remotely, allowing us to restore power to customers faster.
  • Integrating more renewable energy: Grid modernization will provide system operators and engineers with data and tools needed to help achieve Hawaii's 100 percent renewable electricity goal by improving the safe and reliable integration of greater amounts of renewable energy. Grid modernization will allow for greater flexibility to respond to changes in power flow produced by variable sources, such as wind and solar.
Future State of Grid Modernization

What are Advanced Meters?

Advanced meters are an important part of our Grid Modernization Strategy. These modern “smart” meters digitally record energy usage and allow us to tell if you are receiving electricity from the grid. This allows for much better troubleshooting in the event of an outage. They are also a great solution for the replacement of old meters that are difficult to manually read due to remote physical location or aggressive animals.

Another benefit of advanced meters is that you can access and share your incremental energy usage data to make more informed energy decisions. For example, this information can help you to choose the best rate plan based on what time of the day you use the most energy, or you could use it to monitor the effectiveness of energy saving upgrades like rooftop solar systems.

Learn more about advanced meters