RELEASE: Senator De León Announces $1 Million Smart Grid Research Grant

Friday, May 25, 2012

 LOS ANGELES – Helping consumers become much smarter and more efficient about energy savings, Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) is pleased to announce today a $1 million smart grid research grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP).

The grant comes from the CEC’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program. The Commission's funding is a contribution to LADWP’s $60.3 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act award from the U.S. Department of Energy. The total cost of the smart grid project is $120.6 million.

“A smarter grid means less power consumption and less use of dirty fuels. This matters in my district, which suffers from a disproportionate concentration of pollution resulting in unnecessary suffering by the children and families I serve,” said Senator De León. “We must do more with what we have and this helps execute implementation of technology to achieve that.”

 The demonstration projects include: collecting data on how consumers use energy in a variety of systems; testing the next generation of cybersecurity technologies; examining how to integrate plug-in hybrid electric vehicles onto the grid; and demonstrating how the smart grid can be applied to demand response programs. Demand response programs provide financial incentives to consumers who voluntarily cut back on energy use during peak times.

 The project is a partnership between LADWP, the University of Southern California, the University of California at Los Angeles, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  The college campuses, surrounding neighborhoods, city facilities, and LADWP labs will be used as testing grounds for the research.  The lessons learned and results from the research will be available to other utilities in California and across the nation.