Living Lab - San Diego Regional Report

November 20, 2014
Next 10

In "Living Lab: San Diego and Imperial Counties Fostering Smart Grid and Biorenewable Development," Next 10 reports on how San Diego's robust research and development community—coupled with Imperial County's abundance of industrial land, reliable energy, and large labor pool—are helping to grow the regional economy.

Key findings include:

- San Diego and Imperial Counties are leading the state's core clean economy in the areas of smart grid and biorenewables technologies.

- San Diego Gas & Electric is a driver for micro grids in the region, having adopted a smart grid deployment plan and have converted nearly all of its meters to be smart grid compatible.

- The U.S. Department of Defense facilities in the San Diego region create a natural early-adopter market for smart grid technology.

- San Diego and Imperial Counties are leading the state in the development and production of new advanced biorenewable products, with area companies enjoying sizeable venture capital investments.