California's Smart Grid

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has initiated a rulemaking (R.08.-12-009) to consider policies for California Smart investor-owned electric utilities to develop a smarter electric grid in the state. The proceeding will consider setting policies, standards and protocols to guide the development of a smart grid system and facilitate integration of new technologies such as distributed generation, storage, demand-side technologies, and electric vehicles.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (“Recovery Act”) was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009 (P.L.111-5). The Recovery Act allocates $4.5 billion to the Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability. These “Smart Grid” funds are to be used to develop a nationwide plan to modernize the electric grid, enhance security of U.S. energy infrastructure and ensure reliable electricity delivery to meet growing demand.

Smart Grid Annual Reports

February 2017: California Smart Grid Annual Report

October 2016:  Smart Grid Annual Deployment Plan Updates (R.08-12-009)

January 21, 2016: Smart Grid 2015 Annual Report (SB17, Chapter 327, Statutes 2009)

October 2015: Smart Grid Annual Deployment Plan Updates (R.08-12-009)

May 7, 2015: Electric Utility Customer Information Privacy Reports, as required by D.11-07-056

January 14, 2015: Smart Grid 2014 Annual Report (SB17, Chapter 327, Statutes 2009)

Previous Annual Reports

Previous Hearings and Events

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California Energy Related Recovery Programs: 

  • CPUC Stimulus Web Page