California is to reap more than $203 million of the Department of Energy\u2019s $3.4 billion award for the deployment of so called \u201csmart grid\u201d infrastructure. The biggest beneficiary of the federal stimulus funded grants in the state is the Sacramento Municipal Utility District--set to receive a $127.5 million. \u201cThe whole Sacramento region will benefit from these funds as we move toward a more intelligent and more efficient energy future,\u201d said John DiStacio, SMUD general manager. Both private and public utilities in the state are among the 100 recipients of multi-million dollar grants announced by President Barack Obama October 27. The grants cover a sizeable amount of projected utility investments. \u201cThe grants announced today and $4.6 million in cost share funding from the California Energy Commission will allow utilities to reduce our demand on electricity, provide consumers with more control and choice over their energy use, and increase renewable energy sources in our state,\u201d stated Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He added that the additional funds will \u201ccreate thousands of jobs around the nation--including right here in California.\u201d Much of the money is for advanced meters that allow for two-way communication between the meter and the utility. They aim to promote the sending and receiving of real time energy data to curb usage during times of high demand. SMUD\u2019s $127 million grant is to support the installation of 600,000 smart meters, 100 electric vehicle stations, and 50,000 programmable thermostats, as well as other demand response systems. SMUD submitted a joint proposal with the Department of General Services, California State University, Sacramento, and a community college district. Thus, the $127 million award to the partnership seeking to increase energy efficiency is \u201csubject to negotiation,\u201d according to the muni. The other recipients of federal stimulus funds dispersed by DOE include: -San Diego Gas & Electric, which is set to receive $28.1 million for installing 1.4 million electric meters in its territory. -Burbank Water & Power, which was awarded $20 million for installing 51,000 smart meters, and a connected network for water meters. -Glendale Water & Power, which won $20 million for installing 84,000 meters. -Anaheim awaits a $5.8 million grant for 35,000 residential advanced meters. -Modesto Irrigation District was awarded $1.49 million for 40,000 smart meters and dynamic pricing programs. In addition, an Idaho-based company won a $2.2 million grant to help fund the installation of a \u201csmart\u201d irrigation control system in the agricultural region of California\u2019s Central Valley. The M2M Communications load control system aims to reduce peak power demand.