Local Bid for Smart Grid Funding Goes Unanswered

11/24/09Follow @bvbigelow

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said today the Department of Energy is awarding $620 million for smart grid projects around the country, but a San Diego coalition that sought $100 million was not on the list. The coalition, which included San Diego Gas & Electric, Cleantech San Diego, and UC San Diego, sought the DoE funding to integrate emerging smart grid technologies in the San Diego regional power grid. April Bolduc, a spokeswoman for SDG&E, told me in an e-mail, “While we are disappointed with today’s announcement, San Diego’s smart grid development will move forward, just at a slower pace than it would have with a stimulus grant.”

Bruce V. Bigelow is the editor of Xconomy San Diego. You can e-mail him at bbigelow@xconomy.com or call (619) 669-8788 Follow @bvbigelow

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