U.S. utility applications for smart grid stimulus funds


Steven Chu, U.S.
Energy Secretary
Washington, DC, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — August 14, 2009 – Since the deadline for the first round of applications for funding of smart grid investments under the Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) Program of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 closed on August 6, numerous utilities have announced their applications.

Some of the utilities that have applied for funding were announced earlier in the week (see U.S. utilities rush for smart grid stimulus funds).

Since then a number of other applications have been announced.

Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative has applied for $18.8 million to complete the next phase of its Sustainable Grid™ initiative, including deployment of advanced meters capable of self reporting outages, a wireless and fiber communications network, and in-home wireless devices, as well as a customer web portal.

NV Energy has applied for $138 million to support the company’s Advanced Service Delivery (ASD) Project to build a modern smart grid infrastructure for the state of Nevada.

Progress Energy has applied for $200 million to support its smart grid rollout in the Carolinas and Florida.

These applications added to those listed previously takes the total funding applied for close to the $3.4 billion that is available – and that excludes the utilities that have not made their applications public, including (presumably) the three California investor-owned utilities.