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Smart grid gets island test in Wailea

System in homes will turn off appliances when electricity is expensive

October 12, 2009
By MARK NIESSE, The Associated Press

HONOLULU - A 4-square-mile patch of Maui in the nation's most fossil-fuel dependent state soon will be home to a new kind of power grid, one that saves energy by turning off household appliances when electricity is expensive and makes better use of wind and solar power.



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