Yesterday, DOE announced awards of $620 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (“ARRA”) funds for Smart Grid demonstration projects and large-scale energy storage systems. The $620 million is broken down as follows:
• $435 million to support 16 fully integrated, regional Smart Grid demonstrations in 21 states, representing over 50 utilities and electricity organizations with a combined customer base of almost 100 million consumers. The Smart Grid demonstration projects incorporate smart meters, distribution and transmission system monitoring devices and DOE wants the awardees to be role models for the deployment of integrated Smart Grid systems on a broader scale. An additional $1 billion will come from the private sector for a total of $1.6 billion in Smart Grid projects nationally.
• $185 million to fund 16 utility-scale energy storage projects including advanced battery system, flywheels, and compressed air energy systems.
A copy of the DOE’s press release can be found at http://www.energy.gov/news2009/8305.htm