Hawaiian Electric Co. customers in Moanalua Valley and portions of Pearl City, Kaimuki, Diamond Head, Kahala and Waikiki can now track their electricity use down to 15-minute intervals through a new online portal called “My Energy Use.”

The “smart grid” technology is designed to give customers more awareness and control over their electricity use and help HECO more easily detect outages and speed power restoration. The technology, which consists of a wireless communication network that is integrated into the electric grid, is also designed to help HECO add more renewable energy to the grid.

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An example of HECO’s “My Energy Use” portal.

Courtesy of HECO

“Information is power, and smart grid technology empowers our customers by providing them with more information about their energy use so that they can better understand what contributes to their electric bill,” Shari Ishikawa, HECO’s smart grid program manager, said in a press release issued Wednesday. “Modernizing our electric grids with smart technology will improve service, provide customers with the opportunity to better manage their electricity bill, and help integrate more low-cost renewable energy.”

“My Energy Use” also gives residents a sense of the environmental impacts of their energy use and compares their use to homes and businesses in the same zip code, according to the press release.

HECO partnered with Silver Spring Networks in Redwood City, Calif., to implement the technology.

The utility intends to have smart grid technology installed throughout Oahu, the Big Island and Maui County by 2018.

The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative implemented smart grid technology on Kauai a couple of years ago.

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