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January 08, 2014

Phase II Smart Grid Data Access Funding Opportunity Winner Announced

The Energy Department on December 19 announced that San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has won the second phase of the Smart Grid Data Access funding opportunity. SDG&E will receive an award of approximately $2 million to fully adopt its innovative program designed to get customers more involved in their own energy consumption. Additionally, SDG&E has committed to providing $2.33 million in funding for the Phase II effort, bringing the total value of the Phase II project to $4.3 million.

During their Phase I San Diego Energy Challenge, SDG&E gave customers access to their "Green Button" data, weekly energy summaries, and an opportunity to receive a bill credit for reducing their energy use below their individual "use less than" amount on high demand days. SDG&E will expand the program across its entire service territory of 1.4 million customers and add behavioral studies and customer outreach efforts. Approximately 400,000 customers will be automatically enrolled to receive targeted motivational messaging via email and direct-mail channels. All of SDG&E’s remaining residential customers will be eligible to participate in the program via web sign up. See the Energy Department press release.