Hawaiian Electric and Landis+Gyr agree on first phase of grid modernization project
Utility plans to install Gridstream Connect for interoperable communications and advanced IoT applications.
ATLANTA, FEB. 6, 2019 -- Landis+Gyr and Hawaiian Electric Company are preparing for the first phase of an advanced metering project built on Wi-SUN-certified network components to support the utility's Grid Modernization Strategy, subject to approval by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission.
The project will utilize Landis+Gyr's Gridstream® Connect solution, providing flexible communication options at both the field area network and device levels. This enables operation of RF Mesh IP, Cellular, PLC and other communication options from a single network manager. Landis+Gyr's advanced meters and devices will provide connectivity to participating customer accounts, as well as offer grid and distributed energy resource management capabilities. Landis+Gyr's meter data management system will be used to support data validation, as well as provide a consumer portal to share information with utility customers.
"We wanted a flexible communications component that could support our current and future needs for advanced metering, distribution automation and distributed energy resource integration, while being able to support multiple vendors and protocols," said Ron Cox, Hawaiian Electric Senior Vice President of Operations. "Our goal is to enable customers to participate in renewable energy programs while improving reliability and system stability as we implement Hawaii's 100 percent clean energy objective."
Hawaiian Electric is in the process of reaching the state's 30 percent renewable portfolio standard by 2020 on the way to 100 percent by 2045. As a result, there will be an increased need to manage two-way power flows, voltage and frequency that these technology upgrades will help to address.
"We're excited to be supporting the ambitious plans Hawaiian Electric has for modernizing its distribution grids and look forward to working with a variety of partners to demonstrate the value of a standards-based network for intelligent grid and device management," said Gina Garner, Landis+Gyr Vice President and Regional General Manager.
Gridstream Connect is designed to allow ultimate flexibility in choosing network components, communication options and devices to support an interoperable IoT environment for utilities. The solution's architecture is built to deliver future compatibility with existing and emerging technologies.
About Hawaiian Electric Company
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.
Landis+Gyr is the leading global provider of integrated energy management solutions for the utility sector. Offering one of the broadest portfolios of products and services to address complex industry challenges, the company delivers comprehensive solutions for the foundation of a smarter grid, including smart metering, distribution network sensing and automation tools, load control and analytics. Landis+Gyr operates in over 30 countries across five continents. With sales of approximately USD 1.7 billion, the company employs c. 6,000 people with the sole mission of helping the world manage energy better. More information is available at www.landisgyr.com.