Coalition pushes for ‘smart’ electrical grid for region

An effort is under way to transform the San Diego region’s electrical grid into a digital “smart grid” by a newly formed coalition of 25 organizations that includes San Diego Gas & Electric, UC San Diego and CleanTech San Diego, it was announced Thursday.

The so-called “smart grid” would incorporate renewable energy generation, advanced electric transmission and distribution technologies, smart metering and energy storage.

“Realizing the benefits of the smart grid is more than just a high-tech experiment,” Michael Niggli, chief operations officer for SDG&E, said in a statement.

“SDG&E was the first utility in the continental United States to agree to generate 33 percent of our electricity from renewable resources by 2020, and the smart grid will help pave the way to this goal and develop a more sustainable energy future for all of us,” Niggli said.

The federal government has dedicated more than $4.5 billion to smart grid development through the economic stimulus program. The coalition is seeking $100 million of the funds for the project.

The coalition is also comprised of representatives from other major local, state and national companies including, IBM, GE, Cisco, Intel, SAIC and Qualcomm.

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