Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) is pleased to announce that Burbank Water and Power (BWP) has been awarded a $1 million grant for grid system research from the California Energy Commission. Gatto supported the grant.

“The research will help develop a comprehensive and secure grid system for California,” Gatto said. “I am extremely pleased that $1 million dollars will be coming to Burbank Water and Power.”

The funding will help BWP save energy, keep rates low, and improve the delivery of services. The California Energy Commission’s PIER program supports public interest research and development that helps improve the quality of life in California by bringing environmentally safe, reliable, and affordable energy services and products to the marketplace.

Funding comes from the Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program. The Commission’s award is a contribution to BWP’s $20 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act award from the U.S. Department of Energy.  BWP will be providing $39 million in matching funds. The total cost of the project is $62.7 million.

Mike Gatto is the Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore of the California State Assembly.  He represents the cities of Burbank, Glendale, and parts of Los Angeles, including Los Feliz, North Hollywood, Silver Lake, Toluca Lake, Valley Glen, and Van Nuys. 

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