HECO awarded $5.3 million - Hawaii News

HECO awarded $5.3 million - Hawaii News

There are 11 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Oct 28, 2009, titled HECO awarded $5.3 million - Hawaii News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Hawaii's $5.3 million share of federal Smart Grid stimulus funds will be used to upgrade computerized, automated controls in the urban Honolulu power distribution system.

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PowerSparks

Honolulu, HI

#1 Oct 28, 2009
you can download the list from here:
http://www.smartgridnews.com/artman/publish/S...

I found it interesting Guam, pop. 0.2 million, will get $16 million (for a $33 million project) to install Smart Grid Technology and Hawaii, Honolulu, pop. 0.9 million, is getting $5 million (for a $10 million project)
The money will not be used to reduce power outages for most of Oahu. it will be used to "Automate high load distribution circuits feeding eastern
Oahu, reducing outage duration and community impacts.
Enable workforce retraining and preserve jobs through
cross-training and creation of new skill sets within the
utility. "

How is this going to help greater Oahu with power outages?

It looks like we could have invested more, and received more. Can someone explain?
regardless, can HE put more money towards smart meters to help customer's monitor and reduce electric bills?

How about putting our transmission lines underground to reduce outages caused by storms?
Homer Simpson

AOL

#3 Oct 28, 2009
This is just great. Taxpayers are footing the bill for a private company to do something they should have done on their own 10 or 20 years ago. Why is incompetence being rewarded like this? Why doesn't the PUC force HECO's shareholders (instead of taxpayers) to pay the price to keep their company from blacking out the entire island again? If that happened then maybe HECO would be forced to find competent managers and workers for a change. Cancel a few dividends and maybe we'll finally see some positive change.
xxxx

Honolulu, HI

#4 Oct 28, 2009
Homer Simpson wrote:
This is just great. Taxpayers are footing the bill for a private company to do something they should have done on their own 10 or 20 years ago. Why is incompetence being rewarded like this? Why doesn't the PUC force HECO's shareholders (instead of taxpayers) to pay the price to keep their company from blacking out the entire island again? If that happened then maybe HECO would be forced to find competent managers and workers for a change. Cancel a few dividends and maybe we'll finally see some positive change.
Excellent post!
So basically, we are getting hit twice (electric bills and taxes) to fix a problem that HECO should have taken care of decades ago, with the profits they've made off of us.
alice

United States

#5 Oct 28, 2009
well done
HECO investor

Honolulu, HI

#6 Oct 28, 2009
whee!!! bigger dividends for me!!!
alice

United States

#7 Oct 28, 2009
HECVO is our worse corporation
Kuokoa

Mililani, HI

#8 Oct 28, 2009
xxxx wrote:
<quoted text>
Excellent post!
So basically, we are getting hit twice (electric bills and taxes) to fix a problem that HECO should have taken care of decades ago, with the profits they've made off of us.
IF HECO paid for it all, you would still be paying for it in increased electric rates. Nothing is free!
Kuokoa

Mililani, HI

#9 Oct 28, 2009
"Automate high load distribution circuits feeding eastern
Oahu, reducing outage duration and community impacts.
Enable workforce retraining and preserve jobs through
cross-training and creation of new skill sets within the
utility. "
PowerSparks, that is what reducing outages is all about. Most people, like you, are clueless as to what it takes to get electricity to your home.
Marge Simpson

AOL

#10 Oct 28, 2009
"PowerSparks, that is what reducing outages is all about. Most people, like you, are clueless as to what it takes to get electricity to your home."

In other words, what you are saying, Kuokoa, is that since PowerSparks is clueless about getting electricity to our homes he or she is fully qualified to work for HECO.
alice

United States

#11 Oct 28, 2009
heco charges way too much
xxxx

Honolulu, HI

#12 Oct 28, 2009
Kuokoa wrote:
<quoted text>
IF HECO paid for it all, you would still be paying for it in increased electric rates. Nothing is free!
But they didn't did they.
They instead put their earnings into a holding company, rather than timely improvements to their system.

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