October 2, 2018
The Hawaiian Electric Companies have selected GridBright, Inc. to provide consulting support in the procurement of an Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS).
Hawaiian Electric and subsidiaries Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light are the investor-owned public utilities serving Oahu, Hawaii Island, Maui, Molokai, and Lanai. The utilities achieved a 27 percent renewable portfolio standard in 2017 and have a goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045. On Oahu, for example, a third of single-family homes have private rooftop solar. As part of an overall grid modernization strategy, the Hawaiian Electric Companies seek to select and install a new ADMS.
“This new system will help us support our renewable energy goals through more efficient use of grid assets and new customer participation programs,” said Ron Cox, Hawaiian Electric senior vice president of operations. “In addition, it will enhance grid reliability, resilience and safety by giving our grid operators more modern tools in the control room.”
GridBright specializes in grid management solutions for utilities, renewable developers, and researchers. It currently serves over 40 clients in the utility industry, including California Wind Energy Association, Consolidated Edison of New York, Eversource Energy, and the US Department of Energy.
GridBright will help the Hawaiian Electric Companies identify their future requirements for managing their electric grid with increasing levels of Renewables, Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), and Distributed Automation (DA). GridBright will then assist the Hawaiian Electric Companies with a competitive Request-for-Proposal (RFP) process with leading vendors to evaluate and select an ADMS solution provider.
“The Hawaiian Electric Companies are on the leading edge of utilities seeking to modernize their grid management systems to prepare for a higher penetration of renewables and DERs,” said Ali Vojdani, CEO of GridBright. “We are honored that they have selected GridBright to help them in this journey.”
GridBright provides a range of consulting and training services for utilities looking to modernize their grid management systems, especially those facing the challenge of increased renewables and distributed energy resources. Get your free whitepaper on “Managing Distribution Systems with Increased DERs” at http://gridbright.com/utilities.
About Hawaiian Electric | Since 1891, Hawaiian Electric Company has powered the islands’ development from a Hawaiian kingdom to a modern American state. Hawaiian Electric and its subsidiaries, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light, serve the islands of Oahu, Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Hawaii, home to 95 percent of Hawai‘i’s people. In a changing world, the Hawaiian Electric Companies are leading in adding renewable energy and developing energy solutions for customers to achieve a clean energy future for Hawai‘i. For more information, visit www.hawaiianelectric.com.