USDA Invests in Rural Electric Infrastructure, Grid Resilience
USAgNet - 11/09/2018
Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett Thursday announced that USDA is investing $1.6 billion in 46 rural electric utility infrastructure projects (PDF, 170 KB) to improve electric reliability and resilience in 24 states.
"Reliable and affordable power is an underpinning for economic development and quality of life," Hazlett said. "Under the leadership of Secretary Sonny Perdue, USDA is committed to being a strong partner in building prosperity in rural communities through the
sustainment and modernization of rural electric infrastructure."
The 46 projects announced today are being funded through USDA's Electric Program. These investments will help contribute to a stronger rural electric system by improving operations and reliability. USDA's funding will help build or improve 5,833 miles of
line. It includes $307 million in smart grid technologies, which improve system operations and monitor grid security.