California first state to sign smart grid legislation into law

Last week, California became the first state to enact smart grid legislation (Senate Bill 17). The law is the first of its kind to be passed by a state in order to advance the progress of updating our electrical grid. The bill requires the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to outline a specific smart grid deployment plan by July 2010. In addition, all electric utilities with more than 100,000 customers must submit a smart grid strategy plan by July 1, 2011. Wanting to help California meet its aggressive renewable energy targets, State Senator Alex Padilla (D- San Fernando Valley) sponsored the bill with the hopes of implementing an advanced and digitalized electrical grid to deliver cleaner power in a more efficient and reliable way.  He said, “with SB 17 in place, a 21st century grid could be realized in California within the next five to ten years, allowing for a fundamental change in the way we think about, and use, electricity. It would also help jump start a new energy economy, creating green technologies and green collar jobs.”
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