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Updated: Chu just announced $620 million for 32 smart grid stimulus demonstration projects, including 16 awards worth $435 million for general smart grid projects and 16 awards for a total of $185 million for energy storage technology. Here’s a list of the winners. According to the […]

Updated: Chu just announced $620 million for 32 smart grid stimulus demonstration projects, including 16 awards worth $435 million for general smart grid projects and 16 awards for a total of $185 million for energy storage technology. Here’s a list of the winners.

According to the trade group the GridWise Alliance, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu is expected to announce another $600 million in smart grid stimulus funds today. Those are the funds for smart grid demonstration projects — which will enable utilities to test out next-generation digital power grid technology — and they follow the $3.4 billion in smart grid stimulus investment funds announced last month. With this funding the stimulus package will have allocated $4 billion to smart grid technology.

GridWise Alliance’s President Katherine Hamilton tells us that Chu is expected to make the announcement around 12:40PM (EST) today in Ohio, so we can probably expect that the winners of the funds will be posted on the DOE web site around that time. Given the media event will occur where AEP Ohio is based, it could indicate that the utility received a grant, notes Smart Grid Today in an interview with Hamilton. AEP Ohio requested $75 million for a demo project that would include 110,000 smart meters, distribution tech, plug-in hybrid car tech and consumer gear. We’ll be following this closely. More when we know more.

Update: The official DOE announcement says that Chu will be joined by Senator Sherrod Brown, Lt. Gov Lee Fisher, and US Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy, and the group will tour the AEP Dolan Technology Center.

  1. [...] Earth2Tech reports that an official announcement on the $600 million is expected by Secretary Chu from Ohio. Tags: Department of Energy, GridWise Alliance, smart grid, Steven Chu, stimulus funds [...]

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  2. The list is public now. http://bit.ly/4xPe55

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  3. [...] has just announced another $620 million in stimulus funds for 32 smart grid demonstration projects. As we explained this morning, this latest funding combined with the $3.4 billion in smart grid stimulus grants allocated last [...]

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