Why is Hawaii using this smart controller?

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Much of Hawaii’s renewable energy supply comes from the sun, which is mostly produced in the middle of the day, yet most of our energy consumption, or demand, is in the evening when lights and stoves turn on and devices are charging. This mismatch of supply and demand is a typical problem with intermittent sources of renewable energy. Luckily, innovative technologies like Shifted Energy’s device can control household appliances, like water heaters or pool pumps, to turn them on when renewable energy is available and turn them off during peak energy periods to reduce demand on the grid. Once the water is heated, the tank will keep it hot until it’s ready to be used. Residents won’t even know that this is happening, yet it greatly benefits Hawaii’s energy independence.
You can learn more about Demand Response programs at Hawaiian Electric’s FAQ page.