Obama's smart grid funding leaves California out in the cold

President Barack Obama announced today that he is pushing out $3.4 billion in stimulus spending to fund the development and construction of the much vaunted "smart grid." Significant portions of the funding will go toward subsidizing so-called smart electrical meters for large utilities. Utilities in Florida and Maryland are set to get multi-hundred million dollar grants to underwrite smart meters and other infrastructure upgrades.

But a quick read of the stimulus list implies that the government will inadvertently penalize some utilities that have already moved quickly to build smart meter programs. The biggest loser of all? California. Big utilities in the Golden State got more or less shut of funding awards from Washington D.C. on this round, according to blog Earth2Tech.