The task force, announced at the 2010 Silicon Valley Energy Summit, aims to educate the public about smart grid technology and its importance in California’s long-term environmental sustainability and energy efficiency goals. To that end, the task force will commission a study to investigate the economic impacts of smart grid technology. Members of the task force include Oracle, Cisco, Nanosolar, Control4, Coulomb Technologies, Silver Spring Networks and OPower.
PG&E President Chris Johns says the task force is comprised of members who “understand the direct connection between creating a high-tech electric grid and answering the energy, environmental and economic challenges of the 21st century. Consumers, businesses, government and communities all share a stake in its success, and the task force represents a new and important way for us to work together toward this vision.”
The task force will also focus on how the Smart Grid enhances long-term environmental and efficiency goals as well as identifying ways for local, state and federal policy makers to expedite the deployment of Smart Grid.
San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed says his role “is to keep San Jose residents aware and educated about the technology changes that can help our homes and businesses become more energy efficient. This task force’s efforts will help achieve a smooth transition to this new technology for the people of San Jose.”
PG&E has installed 5.5 million gas and electric meters with SmartMeter technology, as part of a statewide effort approved by the California Public Utilities Commission to upgrade California’s energy infrastructure. Globally, more than 90 million advanced meters have been installed. According to the Department of Energy, an integrated Smart Grid would save an estimated $36 billion annually by 2025 in terms of energy-efficiency gains, greater use of renewable energy and distributed generation.
Carl Guardino, Silicon Valley Leadership Group President and CEO observes, “As an organization that promotes cutting-edge industries, we feel Smart Grid is critical in establishing California as a leader in the nation’s transition to more efficient technologies.”