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Smart Grid on Maui

A grid that can turn your appliances off at peak energy consumption times.
October 23, 2009

Smart Grid on Maui

By Mark Harbison

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General Electric recently announced that it will be testing its "smart grid" technology in the luxury resort community of Wailea.

What is smart grid? It's a new kind of power grid that saves energy by turning off household appliances when electricity is expensive. It also utilizes more wind and solar power than the norm. The goal is to have it reduce peak electricity by 15 percent as of 2012.

How does it work? Well, the smart grid is a wall-based unit that will be installed into homes like other power meters. It was designed to monitor how much electricity is being used by various appliances. During peak hours, when demand for power is higher, it will turn off some of those appliances.

As a smart grid user, one has the option of scheduling power use for non-peak times. For example, the dishwasher could be set with a delay to its start time so it goes off during hours of low power demand, or air condition could be put on a reduced setting. This saves the user's money and would reduce strain on the grid so it could absorb more energy produced by renewable sources.

Wailea is the only resort community where smart grid is being tested but there are 70 other smart grid pilots around the country. Wailea was chosen because development is rapid and the area is a little remote.

Considering that Hawaii is the most fossil-fuel dependent state in the U.S., relying on imports for 90 percent of its power needs, this innovation could be colossally helpful.

A federal Department of Energy grant paid for about half of the $14 million Maui smart grid project while General Electric and Hawaiian Electric supplied the rest along with personnel.


As for Maui real estate, we recommend that you browse the Wailea Fairway Villas for some lovely homes, or perhaps the homes for sale in Maalaea. If you have any questions or would like to contact us, you can call (866) 874-1942 toll free or Lisa's cell at (808) 283-7426. You can also email mark@realestatemauihawaii.com or lisa@realestatemauihawaii.com.

Blogs for October 2009

San Diego Company Buys Auwahi Wind Energy

Posted on October 30, 2009
San Diego Company Buys Auwahi Wind Energy

By Mark Harbison

Sempra Generation, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy recently announced the purchase of Auwahi Wind Energy on Maui from Shell WindEnergy Inc., a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell.

What is Auwahi Wind Energy up to lately? They are developing a 22-megawatt wind energy and… Continue Reading

Smart Grid on Maui

Posted on October 23, 2009
Smart Grid on Maui

By Mark Harbison

General Electric recently announced that it will be testing its "smart grid" technology in the luxury resort community of Wailea.

What is smart grid? It's a new kind of power grid that saves energy by turning off household appliances when electricity is expensive. It also utilizes… Continue Reading

Xterra Race in Kihei

Posted on October 16, 2009
XTerra Race in Kihei

By Mark Harbison

The XTERRA triathalon race, including 600 international participants, will be held in Kihei on October 25th. Athletes from over twenty countries and forty states will gather at the Maui Prince Hotel where the race will begin and end. Their physical toughness will be challenged over… Continue Reading

Mortgage Rates Fall and Applications Increase

Posted on October 09, 2009
Mortgage Rates Fall and Applications Increase

By Mark Harbison

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association, last week's mortgage interest rates continued to drop, spurring a 16.4 percent rise from the week before in applications.

Refinance activity on mortgages increased from 65.3 percent in the week ending on September 25th to 66.3 percent in… Continue Reading

Grow a Beautiful Garden at your South Maui Home

Posted on October 02, 2009
Grow a Beautiful Garden at your South Maui Home

By Mark Harbison

If you are a South Maui enthusiast, like we are, and you are interested in green living, South Maui Sustainability has an upcoming event you will like. It's called "Basics to Bounty in Your South Maui Garden".

Sometimes it seems like… Continue Reading

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