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ANAHEIM, CA (October 29, 2009) - The City of Anaheim was awarded $5.9 million by the U.S. Department of Energy (D.O.E.). In receiving this award, Anaheim was only one of six electric utilities in California and one of a hundred agencies nationwide to receive the D.O.E award.

Overall, $3.4 billion in funds were available for smart grid projects as part of the federal stimulus program or American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed into law in early 2009.  Once the funds are allocated, they must be spent within a three-year period.

“I am extremely pleased with the variety of smart grid technologies that Anaheim already has in place, and receiving this funding will improve our ability to connect the various smart grid elements,” said City of Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle. “With these technologies, our customers will soon have the tools to view their usage and have a direct role in conserving water and energy."

Anaheim began implementing smart grid initiatives more than two years ago.  As a result, more than 700 of its largest commercial customers already have the automated “smart” meters installed, and  approximately 3,000 of its residential customers were switched to these smart meters. On average, 500 residential customers are being converted per month.

Other vital smart grid technologies, such as a meter data management system - the system that collects the automated meter reads and eventually will connect to a web portal for customers to view their  water and energy consumption - has already been integrated with Anaheim’s customer billing system. Additionally, the City’s outage management system, a tool that will remotely detect the exact location will also be integrated with the data management technology.

Anaheim is well positioned in comparison to some of its neighboring utilities, who likely sought greater funding to address an aggressive meter replacement plan, as well as to fund the purchases and integration of the smart grid elements Anaheim already has in place.

Given the current economic situation and under direction of its City Council, Anaheim has developed a comprehensive plan that helps reduce the risk of being stranded with technology that may become obsolete as national standards for these technologies are defined.

To learn more about the funding for the smart grid technologies, visit www.energy.gov


ABOUT ANAHEIM PUBLIC UTILITIES For more than 100 years, Anaheim Public Utilities has served Anaheim water and electric customers with low rates and reliable service. Anaheim Public Utilities is Orange County's only publicly owned water and electric utility.

ABOUT ANAHEIM The City of Anaheim, founded in 1857, is one of the nation's premier municipalities and is California's 10th most populous city. Anaheim covers 50 square miles with more than 345,500 residents and more than 2,100 City employees. The municipal corporation's annual budget is $1.3 billion. Anaheim supports a thriving business community with companies such as CKE Restaurants, Inc., L-3 Communications, Pacific Sunwear, and Disneyland Resort. Successful sports franchises call Anaheim home, including Angels Baseball, Anaheim Ducks, Anaheim Arsenal, and the 2008 Olympic Gold Medal winning USA Men's Volleyball team. Anaheim also boasts world-class meeting and entertainment venues with the Anaheim Convention Center, the largest on the west coast, Honda Center, The Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim GardenWalk, and Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Annually, Anaheim welcomes millions of visitors to the city, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please visit www.anaheim.net.