USDA funds more than $6mn for smart grid technology


Tom Vilsack,
U.S. Agriculture
Washington, DC, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — April 15, 2013 – In its latest round of funding for projects to improve electric service in rural areas, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has included more than $6 million for smart grid technology.

The recipients of this funding are:
Georgia Transmission Corporation (GA, AL, FL) – $3.09 million
Butler County Rural Electric Cooperative (IA) –  $20,000
Heartland Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. (KS) – $192,100
Meade County Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation (KY) – $1.14 million
Wild Rice Electric Cooperative, Inc.(MN) – $680,000
Mor-Gran-Sou Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ND, SD) – $447,452
Clay-Union Electric Corporation (SD) – $464,601

“The partnership between USDA and rural electric utilities helps to improve service to customers and has made it easier for rural businesses to expand and create jobs,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “As part of President Obama’s plan to improve the rural economy, we will continue to fund projects that increase system reliability. We also promote the expansion of smart grid technology which cuts peak demands and improves system reliability.”

The funding is part of a total funding of nearly $280 million that was awarded for rural electric infrastructure.