Steven Chu, U.S.
Secretary of Energy
 
Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 11, 2009 - As 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 approached on August 6, utilities rushed to complete and submit their applications.

Some of the utilities that have applied for funding (in alphabetical order) are as follows:

  • Ameren Illinois Utilities has applied for $45 million for a range of projects, including expanding its E-Smart programmable thermostat program and upgrading more than 100 electrical substations, as well as an Advanced Distribution Management System.
  • AmerenUE has applied for $140 million, mostly for modernizing the company’s delivery system across Missouri.
  • Avista has applied for $20 million for its Spokane Smart Grid project.
  • Baltimore Gas & Electric has applied for $200 million to accelerate deployment of its 2 million residential and commercial smart meter and smart grid project.
  • Commonwealth Edison has applied for $175 million to deploy AMI and other technologies in Chicago and elsewhere in Northern Illinois.
  • Consolidated Edison has applied for approximately $172 million for smart grid projects in the service areas of Con Edison of New York and Orange & Rockland Utilities.
  • Dominion Virginia Power has applied for $200 million to accelerate the installation of its 2.4 million smart meters.
  • Duke Energy has applied for $200 million to accelerate electric grid modernization in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky and $14 for smart grid transmission lines and demonstration projects in North Carolina and South Carolina.
  • FirstEnergy Corp. has applied for $57 million for AMI and other smart grid projects in its service area in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
  • Interstate Power and Light Company was expecting to apply for $45 million for AMI deployment in Iowa and Minnesota, and a smaller amount for utilizing AMI and other smart grid technologies in the City of Dubuque, Iowa.
  • National Grid has applied for $200 million to develop an “end-to-end” smart grid deployment that will include approximately 200,000 customers in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
  • Northeast Utilities and its operating companies Connecticut Light and Power Company, Western Massachusetts Electric Company, and Public Service Company of New Hampshire have applied for matching funding for its $253 million three state AMI and smart grid activities.
  • Oncor has applied for $200 million for the Smart Texas AMI initiative, more than $58 million for telecommunications network investments, and more than $58 million for distribution automation.
  • PECO has applied for $200 million to accelerate its 1.6 million residential and commercial smart meter and smart grid initiative.
  • Pepco Holdings has applied for $254 million, including $142 million for Pepco, $93 million for Delmarva Power and $19 million for Atlantic City Electric.
  • PSE&G has applied for up to $76 million for its “shovel ready” project, the main components of which are the upgrading of 40 substations and the continued deployment of advanced loop scheme (ALS) technology.
  • Southern Company has applied for $197 million for its AMI initiative and $165 million to increase automation of electric transmission and distribution infrastructure across its Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi service territory.
  • United Illuminating has applied for $37.5 million to accelerate the deployment of AMI and smart grid technologies in the Greater New Haven and Bridgeport areas.
  • Vermont’s 20 distribution utilities, Efficiency Vermont and Vermont Electric Power Company have applied for $66 million for the eEnergy Vermont initiative to deploy advanced metering, new customer enhancements, grid automation and security technologies statewide.
  • Wisconsin Power and Light Company has applied for $10 million to leverage and expand its AMI technology deployment.

Funding requested under these applications alone adds up to almost $2.9 billion.

The total funding available under the SGIG program is approximately $3.4 billion, of which 40 percent will be allocated for smaller projects in the range $300,000 to $20 million and 60 percent for larger projects in the range $20 million to $200 million. The first allocations are expected to be made in the fall.

An amount of $615 million is also being made available for smart grid demonstrations, with an application deadline of August 26.