USDA funds more than $18mn for rural smart grid development


Tom Vilsack,
Washington, DC, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — July 19, 2013 – In its latest round of funding for projects to improve electric services in the rural areas of the U.S., the Department of Agriculture (USDA) has included more than $18 million for smart grid projects.

The recipients of this funding are:

  • Seminole Electric Cooperative, Inc. (FL) – $256,690
  • Rayle Electric Membership Corporation (GA) – $2.1 million
  • Goodhue County Cooperative Electric Association (MN) – $126,451
  • Central Electric Power Cooperative (MO) – $13.8 million
  • Citizens Electric Corporation (MO) – $357,420
  • Black Hills Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SD) – $760,096
  • Lacreek Electric Association, Inc. (SD, NE) – $1.4 million.

“USDA’s support of rural electric utilities’ deployment of smart grid technologies will increase efficiencies, reliability, and bring more jobs to rural America,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

This funding is part of a total funding of $188 million that was awarded in this round for rural electric infrastructure in the U.S.

Since 2011, rural utilities service providers have used USDA funding to invest nearly $464 million in smart grid improvements.