Smart Grid Stimulus Funds: Demo Projects, Partners Emerge

smartgrid1The first wave of applications for a piece of the almost $4 billion in smart grid stimulus funds were due the first week in August and drew close 50 utilities that we heard of (and hundreds more that have been a lot quieter about it). Now the second deadline to apply for smart grid demonstration projects has just rolled by (on August 26), and even more utilities have made announcements and spoken to the media about their proposals.

This morning New York utility Consolidated Edison (s ED) said it has applied for $46 million for smart grid demonstration projects in conjunction with the New York City Economic Development Corporation, smart grid software maker Viridity Energy, Boeing, Columbia University, The Prosser Group, CALM Energy and the Rudin Management Company. Con Edison says the pilot project will focus on new technology that will create a two-way communication system between it and its customers, as well as finding ways of bringing down the cost of services for its customers.

Con Edison’s announcement comes on the heels of news over the last week from a string of utilities. PG&E (s PCG) said it’s asking the Department of Energy for $25 million in stimulus funding for a compressed air energy storage project (the utility already asked for $42.5 million for a home area network project with the city of San Jose and Stanford University). Compressed air energy storage, which PG&E has been working with for some time, involves taking excess energy from a power plant or renewable energy, using it to run air compressors, which pump air into an underground cave where it’s stored under pressure. When the air is released, it powers a turbine, creating electricity.

Southern California Edison is also asking the DOE for funds for an energy storage demo project. Last week Greentech Media reported that SCE applied for a $25 million grant for a project with lithium ion battery maker A123Systems, to build a 32-megawatt-hour battery in the Tehachapi Mountains at a substation. That’s in addition to an application for another $35 million grant with potential partners General Electric (s GE), Cisco (s CSCO) and IBM (s IBM), for a broader demo project that will incorporate appliances, home energy management systems, and a wireless network, which could include the wireless standard WiMAX.

Earlier this month we reported that San Diego Gas & Electric filed an application for $30 million for a smart grid wireless project called GridComm that will span the entire 4,100 square miles of its footprint. A portion of its network that could be built with WiMAX and potential partners could include Cisco (s CSCO), IBM (s IBM) and Arcadian Networks.

Here’s our latest list with updates (this has also been updated with Beacon Power, Tucson Electric Power):

Company Type of Firm Amount Requested Project Location
AEP Ohio Utility $75 million A demo project that will include 110,000 smart meters, distribution tech, plug-in hybrid car tech and consumer gear. Columbus, OH
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 $1470 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 electric distribution system Spokane, WA
Baltimore Gas and Electric Utility $200 million NA Baltimore, MD
Beacon Power Flywheel Maker $46.7 million funding of two 20 MW flywheel energy storage plants Tyngsboro, MA
Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative Utility $18.8 million General smart grid buildout. Partners include Silver Spring Networks, Control4, eMeter. 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 $46 million Smart grid, in conjunction with Boeing, Viridity Energy, Columbia University and others. 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 Lincoln, NE
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, and $3.5 million $317 million for smart meter deployment and network build out, and $3.5 million for a regional demonstration project that would include installing technology on eight high-voltage lines in central Texas Dallas, TX
Pacific Gas & Electric Utility $42.5 million, and $25 million $42.5 million for home area networks in conjunction with the city of San Jose and Stanford University, and $25 million for compressed air energy storage. San Francisco, CA
Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project Utilities $178 million Researchers at Battelle Memorial Institute and a dozen utilities in five Northwest states as well as the Bonneville Power Administration, 3TIER, Areva, Drummond Group, IBM, Netezza and QualityLogic. NA
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 wireless network called GridComm, in conjunction with Cisco, IBM, Arcadian Networks. San Diego, CA
Southern California Edison Utility $50 million, and $60 million for Demo grants $50 million for a synchrophasor project in conjunction with WECC, and $60 million for wind energy storage project and a regional smart grid demo in conjunction with Cisco, IBM, A123Systems, GE and SunPower. Los Angeles, CA
Southern Company Energy company $197 million, and $165 million $197M for smart meters and $165M for transmission and distribution Atlanta, GA
Tacoma Power Utility $32 million Smart meters. Tacoma City, WA
Tennessee Valley Authority Utility $200 million NA Knoxville, TN
Texas New Mexico Power Company Utility $49.1 million Smart meters. Fort Worth, TX
Tucson Electric Power Utility $25 million Smart grid project including energy storage and solar, and partnering with EnerNOC, Tendril, Raytheon, University of Arizona, Itron. Tucson, AZ
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, EE Times, Reuters.