JUMP/Smart Maui Project Critical Link to Hawaii’s Renewable Energy Future

Jump Smart MauiLieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui talked about the importance of the JUMP/Smart Maui project at the Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony between the County of Maui and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).

“This smart grid test bed project is mutually beneficial to Japan and Hawaii because the amount of investment and potential technological breakthroughs that can result from work being done here.  We won’t just spark new jobs, industries and innovations – we will leave future generations a state that is safer, healthier and more prosperous,” said Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui.

NEDO is in charge of implementing a smart grid test bed on Maui, recently named the JUMP/Smart Maui demonstration project. JUMP/Smart is a $30 million project involving Japan, the State of Hawaii and Maui County.  It will test how a smart grid and smart meters better integrate our islands’ renewable energy resources into our electrical grid, and prepare for the adoption of more electric vehicles in our community.

Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa; Hideo Hato, President of NEDO; Kazuhiro Kurihara, Vice President and Executive Officer of Hitachi, and Matt McNeff, Manager of Renewable Services for Maui Electric Co., were also part of the event.