Kauai utility smart grid project approved
The state Public Utilities Commission last week approved Kauai Island Utility Cooperativeâ€™s request to commit funds to participate in a national smart grid demonstration project, which will bring advanced meter technology to every household on Kauai.
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Associationâ€™s national demonstration project is designed to assist rural utilities like KIUC, implement technologies that make the electricity grid more efficient and reliable. The total cost of the project is approximately $11.9 million, half of which will be funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA).
In the application, filed late in October of 2010, KIUC requested commission approval to commit approximately $6 million in funds to participate in The Smart Grid Project which the utility explained was part of a demonstration project â€œinvolving 27 electric cooperatives throughout the nation,â€ but the project also represents a key component of KIUCâ€™s own longterm strategic plan.Read more