$15mn for smart grid development in rural U.S.


Tom Vilsack,
Washington, DC, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — June 21, 2013 – In its continuing support for the development of the electric infrastructure in rural America, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has included funding of more than $15 million for smart grid projects.

The recipients of this funding are:
Beltrami Electric Cooperative, Inc. (MN) – $1,154, 611
Butte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SD) – $879,535
Butler County Rural Electric Cooperative (IA) – $20,000
Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. (IN) – $121,800
Fleming-Mason Energy Cooperative, Inc. (KY) – $2,330,500
Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc. (NK, MN) –4,685,000
Redwood Electric Cooperative (MN) – $38,000
South River Electric Membership Corporation (NC) – $300,000
The Cooperative Light & Power Association of Lake County (MN) – $1,170,750
Western Farmers Electric Cooperative, Inc. (KS, NM, TX) – $4,559,000.

“USDA funding for rural electric utilities not only improves service to customers, it makes the grid more efficient and reliable and encourage investment, business development and job creation in rural communities,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

The funding is part of a funding allocation of more than $356 million, which will also contribute towards the construction of more than 2,400 miles of new or improved electric line.