New York, August 10, 2009 — Consolidated Edison filed applications for smart grid stimulus funds from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The applications request about $172 million in federal stimulus dollars to help fund smart grid projects in the service areas of Con Edison Company of New York, Inc. and Orange & Rockland Utilities, Inc.
Later this month, the company expects to submit applications requesting another $33 million in federal funding for smart grid projects, all to help fund an overall $410 million company program.
A smart grid integrates information and communication technology into electricity generation, delivery, and consumption, making systems cleaner, safer, and more reliable and efficient. The stimulus funds, if secured, would broaden the scope of Con Edison’s existing smart grid efforts to modernize the electric grid.
The DOE plans to distribute $3.9 billion in Recovery Act funds for smart grid projects through two funding opportunities. The first provides $3.3 billion for deploying and implementing smart grid technologies across the country. The second provides $615 million for smart grid pilot projects.
This week’s Con Edison filings are for the first opportunity — the deployment and implementation of smart grid technology. The company has already filed applications with the DOE for federal stimulus funding for solar, wind, and steam system projects. The company’s filing later this month would provide funding for smart grid pilot projects.
Con Edison also announced this week that it is already investing $6 million in a Queens smart grid pilot program that incorporates similar projects on a smaller scale.