This decision provides Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, and Southern California Edison Company with the guidance needed to file Smart Grid Deployment Plans with this Commission by July 1, 2011. As the Commission stated in Decision (D.) 09-09-029, modernizing the electric grid with additional two-way communications, sensors and control technologies, key components of a Smart Grid, can lead to substantial benefits for consumers. A Smart Grid can enable the integration of higher levels of renewable energy, energy storage, and, eventually, electric vehicles, at a lower cost to consumers. A Smart Grid can also empower consumers by helping them understand and control their energy use, thereby facilitating their participation in demand response programs and helping them to use energy more efficiently. Greater monitoring and automated controls can also reduce the frequency and duration of outages. Many of the advantages of a Smart Grid will contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It is imperative that Smart Grid investments deliver these benefits to the utilities’ customers.
This information was submitted by Jeremy Laundergan, Director, Utility Services Consulting, EnerNex, firstname.lastname@example.org on 08/31/2011.