18 Sep '14, 12pm

USDA announces major investments to improve the reliability of rural electric systems: More than $518 million

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to invest more than $518 million in rural electric cooperatives, with the goal of improving the delivery of electric power to communities in 15 states. This funding is part of nearly $50 billion that USDA has invested in infrastructure improvements since 2009. More than $23 million of the funding is targeted for smart grid improvements, which better manage and increase efficiencies in America’s electric system. Smart grid technologies — such as automated meter reading and load management automation — allow for more efficient control over the use of power to better meet customers' needs. The latest investments are being provided through USDA’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS), which also administers infrastructure programs that bring broadband, safe drinking water...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyfocus.com/view/40051/usda-annou...

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