San Diego Business Journal

Federal Funding to Bring Smart Grids to Rural Areas

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Rural electric cooperative utilities in eight states will receive funding to install smart grid technologies and make improvements to generation and transmission facilities, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a statement.

Undersecretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager made the announcement March 7 during the 2012 National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s annual meeting at the San Diego Convention Center.

The agency said it is halfway toward its goal of funding more than $250 million for smart grid technologies. The March 7 announcement includes support for about $25 million in smart grid technologies.

Projects in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota and Tennessee will receive funding.