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.