|[November 08, 2011]
Silver Spring Networks Selected for Maui Smart Grid Project
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Silver Spring Networks, a leading smart grid networking platform and
solutions provider, has been selected by Maui Electric Company (MECO)
and the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute at the University of Hawaii
(HNEI) to deploy a strategic and innovative smart grid project on the
island of Maui. The project will test the effectiveness of smart grid
technologies in helping MECO and its customers reach and exceed the
State of Hawaii's goal of meeting 70% of its energy needs with clean
energy by 2030.
The Maui Smart Grid Project will evaluate the use of smart grid
technologies to integrate renewable energy sources such as wind and
solar photovoltaic, reduce increasing costs and improve management
related to rising peak demand, operate the electricity grid more
efficiently through improved asset utilization and restore power outages
more quickly and safely.
MECO residential customers in the Kihei area of South Maui will have the
opportunity to participate in this important project to improve the long
term energy demands for Hawaii in pursuit of the 2030 goal. Volunteer
participants will be able to evaluate detailed information of their
usage on an energy management web portal and in-home devices such as
smart thermostats that will be made available as part of the project.
Silver Spring is developing the customer engagement and education
program for the project in close partnership with MECO and HNEI. In
addition, Silver Spring will provide its leading Smart Energy
Platform solution that includes CustomerIQ, Silver Spring's
web-based energy management portal, advanced metering, distributed
generation monitoring, demand response and distribution automation
"Improving each island's electricity grid through new smart grid
technologies is a key element of Hawaii's landmark clean energy goals,"
said Dr. James Griffin, project director for the Hawaii Natural Energy
Institute at the University of Hawaii (HNEI). "Through the experiences
of Maui residents in this project, we will learn valuable lessons about
the best ways to modernize Hawaii's electricity system."
"We want to add as much clean energy as possible to our stand-alone
island grid as quickly as possible. So we're looking to initiatives like
the Maui Smart Grid Project to help us ensure our customers continue to
receive reliable service while benefiting from increased use of solar
and wind power," said Maui Electric Company's President Ed Reinhardt.
The U.S. Department of Energy is funding this initiative as part of a
nationwide set of demonstration projects. HNEI and MECO are the lead
organizations on the project. Other project partners include the
Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO), County of Maui, Maui Economic
Development Board, Sustainable Living Institute of Maui at the
University of Hawaii-Maui College, HNU Energy, and SRA International (News - Alert).
To learn more about the Maui Smart Grid Project and to sign up, please
About Silver Spring Networks
Silver Spring Networks provides a leading networking platform and
solutions that enable utilities to transform the power grid
infrastructure into the smart grid, helping utilities to achieve
operational efficiencies, reduce carbon emissions and empower their
customers with new ways to monitor and manage their energy consumption.
Silver Spring provides the hardware, software and services that allow
utilities to deploy and run multiple smart grid solutions, including
Advanced Metering, Distribution Automation and Demand Side Management,
over a single, unified network. Silver Spring's Smart Energy Platform
is based on open, Internet Protocol (IPv6) standards, allowing
continuous, two-way communication between the utility and devices on the
grid. Silver Spring has numerous deployments with leading utilities
around the world, including Baltimore Gas & Electric, CitiPower &
Powercor, Florida Power & Light, Jemena Electricity Networks Limited,
Pacific Gas & Electric, Pepco Holdings, Inc., and United Energy
Distribution, among others. For additional information, please www.silverspringnet.com.
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