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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Maui to Become "Guinea Pig" for Full Smart Grid Deployment

Smart Meters have been installed in several states with many more progressing forward with plans to install them in the next several years. But no state has fully installed all of the technology that will be involved with Full Smart Grid deployment. Full deployment would involve connecting the Smart Grid to electric cars, renewable forms of energy (Solar,Wind) Etc.

According to an article on the Maui News, one "State", or apart of one, has been chosen as a Guinea Pig for Full Smart Grid Deployment, the island of Maui, Hawaii:

"Maui has been selected as the site for a "smart grid" renewable energy demonstration project, with an investment of approximately $37 million from the Japan-based New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, Hawaiian Electric Co. announced Wednesday afternoon.

The project is aimed at making better use of renewable energy resources, such as solar and wind power, and preparing the island's power system for the widespread use of electric vehicles."

This little 'gem' of a project will be started next year (2012) and be completed in 2013. Then once fully installed, the "experiment" will run from 2013-2015.

I wonder if they plan on using the standards for information that is to be collected through the Smart Grid that was agreed upon by NAESB and the EPA?

If so not only should the utility company, and Government, have very detailed information on every persons' energy use by the end of 2015, but be able to tell you the routine and location of every individual on the island of Maui at any given time as well.

If I may, I have a name this "Experiment"....

"Project 1984: A Part of The Great Orwellian Nightmare."


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