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.