Ulupono Initiative

Study of Oahu's Electric Grid

Partnership to study the potential enhancement of the security, reliability, and dependability of the electric grid on Oahu. The study also looks to identify ways to apply analytics to better predict potential risks and issues, such as those resulting from natural disasters. 

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Background

Ulupono is collaborating with the State Department of Defense (DOD), which includes the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency and the Office of Homeland Security, Hawaiian Electric, and the Sensemaking-PACOM Fellowship to study the potential enhancement of the security, reliability, and dependability of the electric grid on Oahu. The study also looks to identify ways to apply analytics to better predict potential risks and issues, such as those resulting from natural disasters. By using an integrated approach that incorporates both operational and transformational information technologies, the State DOD will examine means to improve overall grid reliability while bridging the gap between efforts to integrate alternative energy solutions and efficiently manage consumption.

The project goals include:

  • Understanding the current Hawaiian Electric electrical grid environments.
  • Reviewing past disruptive events and lessons learned.
  • Analyzing issues related to the inclusion of variable renewable sources onto the electric grid.
  • Analyzing data sources for new insights, optimizations and efficiencies.
  • Development of recommendations and insights.

Why We Invested

The project has the potential to allow Hawaiian Electric to address technical issues for the integration of a high penetration of variable renewable energy, improve electrical system security, and optimize capacity and redundancy on Oahu’s electric grid. 

Impact

  • Allows Hawaii to better predict potential risks and issues, such as those resulting from natural disasters
  • Examines means to improve overall grid reliability
  • Analyzes ways to bridge the gap between efforts to integrate alternative energy solutions and efficiently manage consumption

At a Glance

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Investment Area
Energy
Financial Model
Social
Partners
State Department of Defense
Hawaiian Electric
Sensemaking-PACOM Fellowship
 
Total Investment
$500,000