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USDA Invests $345.5M in Rural Electric Infrastructure

Program allots $7.9M for smart grid technology across 14 states

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Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced a $345.5 million U.S. Department of Agriculture investment in 20 infrastructure projects aiming to support rural electric service across 14 states.

Executive Gov reports the USDA is investing under the Electric Infrastructure Loan Program that finances projects on energy conservation, system development, generation, transmission and distribution in communities with a maximum population of 10,000 residents, the agency said Monday.

The program also allots $7.9 million for smart grid technology that encompasses computer applications, two-way communications, geospatial information systems and other tools that work to streamline and support the reliability of electric power systems.

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