This study built upon the work of the OWIS and HSIS to examine the value proposition of the prospective interconnected operation of the Oahu and Maui County (Maui, Lanai and Molokai) power grids via submarine power cables, advanced control systems and operational strategies. The study found a variety of benefits that grid interconnections could potentially provide, including more efficient system operations and the ability to accept more renewable energy. This study is of critical importance to the State of Hawaii as high-cost investment decisions regarding the desirability and benefits of grid interconnections via submarine power cable systems progress.
Point Person: John Cole
- Interconnection of Grid Systems for Maui and Oahu Counties: Different Mixes of Renewable Generation and Several Possible Future Scenarios, GE Energy Consulting, February 2014