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CHEAT SHEET: Smart Grid Firms Lining Up for DOE Cash

smartgridgeneralimageIf your firm wanted to apply for the first phase of the smart grid investment grant program, well, you best get cracking — the deadline is today, and this week a flurry of utilities have been announcing their intentions to apply for some of the $3.4 billion in funding. Just because the companies are announcing their applications, doesn’t mean they will be awarded funds, and many more utilities and vendors have likely applied than have made any kind of formal announcement. But check out our working cheat sheet below the jump for a running tally of firms that are seeking government smart grid funds (we’ll update the chart periodically, currently 49 and counting).

What’s at stake in this first round: grants for smaller smart grid projects, ranging from $300,000 to $20 million (expected to get 40 percent of the funding) and larger projects, ranging from $20 million to $200 million (supposed to get 60 percent of the funds), which will need to provide matching funds. Across the board there’s cash for projects ranging from modifying buildings to purchasing software to manufacturing smart appliances to implementing dynamic pricing schemes — as long as they enable two-way flow of both electric power and data between power companies and consumers.

Company Type of Firm Amount Requested Project Location
Alliant Energy Corp (owns Wisconsin Power and Light Company) Utility $45 million + NA Madison WI
Ameren Illinois Utilities Utility $45 million NA St Louis, MI
Ameren UE Utility $140 million NA St Louis, MI
American Transmission Company Utility $21.75 million Power grid monitoring Waukesha, WI
Arizona Public Service Utility NA NA Phoenix, AZ
Avista Energy Co. $20 million Upgrade to electric distribution system Spokane, WA
Baltimore Gas and Electric Utility $200 million NA Baltimore, MD
Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative Utility $18.8 million General smart grid buildout. Bastrop, Texas
The Building Owners and Managers Association of Chicago (BOMA/Chicago) Building office trade group. $92.7 million For the first commercial office smart grid building program. Chicago, Il
Burbank Water and Power Utility $20 NA Burbank, CA
CenterPoint Energy Utility $200 million Smart meter deployment and equipment to manage power outages Houston, TX
Cleveland Utilities Utility NA NA Cleveland, TN
Commonwealth Edison Utility $175 million Smart meters Chicago, IL
Consolidated Edison Utility Undisclosed Smart grid New York, NY
Dominion Virginia Power Utility $200 million Smart meters Richmond, VA
Duke Energy, NC, SC Utility $14 million Smart meters NC, SC
Duke Energy, OH, IN, KY Utility $200 million Smart meters OH, IN< KY
First Energy Corp Utility $57 million NA Akron, OH
Florida Power & Light Utility NA (Seeking funds, not official) Smart meters Miami, FL
Glendale Water and Power Utility $20 million Smart meters. Glendale, CA
Kentucky Municipal Power Association Utility NA NA Frankfort, KY
Keys Energy (Corrected from Florida Keys Electric Coop) Utility NA NA Key West, FL
Lakeland Electric Utility $20 million Smart meters Lakeland, FL
Lincoln Electric System Utility $33.5 million Smart meters Eureka, MT
Long Island Power Authority Utility $119 million Voltage management, fiberoptics for smart grid monitoring. Long Island, NY
Madison Gas and Electric Utility $5.5 million Consumer-facing smart grid applications. Madison, WI
National Grid Utility $200 million End to end smart grid U.K.
Northeast Utilities Utility $126.5 million NA Berlin, CT
NSTAR Electric and Gas Utility $28M million NA New Bedford, MA
NV Energy Utility $138 million Smart meter deployment and network build out Las Vegas, NV
Oncor Utility $317 million Smart meter deployment and network build out Dallas, TX
Pacific Gas & Electric Utility $42.5 million Plans to apply for smart grid devices, energy storage San Francisco, CA
PECO Utility $200 million NA Philadelphia, PA
Pepco Utility $142 million NA Washington DC
Pepco’s Atlantic City Electric Utility $19 million NA Mays Landing NJ
Pepco’s Delmarva Power Utility $93 million NA Wilmington, DE
PPL Corp Energy company $19 million Smart meters, monitoring system Allentown, PA
Progress Energy Utility $200 million Buildout smart grid in Carolinas and Florida territories Raleigh, NC
PSE&G Energy company $76 million NA Newark NJ
San Diego Gas & Electric Utility $30 million project Smart grid network buildout. San Diego, CA
Southern California Edison, in conjunction with WECC Utility $50 million, and $60 million for Demo grants $50 million for a synchrophasor project, and $60 million for wind energy storage project and a regional smart grid demo. Los Angeles, CA
Southern Company Energy company $197 million, and $165 million $197M for smart meters and $165M for transmission and distribution Atlanta, GA
Tennessee Valley Authority Utility $200 million NA Knoxville, TN
Texas New Mexico Power Company Utility $49.1 million Smart meters. Fort Worth, TX
United Illuminating Co. Utility $37.5 million Smart meters and network build out New Haven, CT
Vermont Electric Power, Efficiency Vermont, plus 20 Vermont utilities Utilities $66 million Statewide smart grid. Vermont
We Energies Utility $3.5 million Smart meters. Milwaukee, WI
Westfield Gas & Electric Utility $5 million Smart meters. Westfield, MA
Westar Energy Utility $20 million Smart metersthermostats Topeka, KS
Wisconsin Power and Light Company Utility $210 million Smart meters, demand response, distribution automation Madison, WI
Wisconsin Public Service Corp Utility $18 million Smart grid Greenbay, WI

Data pulled from press releases,, Greentech Media, San Francisco Business Times,,, San Jose Mercury News, BizJournals, JSOnline, Lincoln Journal Star.

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