USDA plans $2.5bn investment to improve rural electric infrastructure

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced plans to invest $2.5bn to improve rural electric infrastructure to help create jobs and spur business development. Planned to be funded through USDA Rural Developmentā€™s Electric Program, the new investment is expected to help develop and maintain modern, reliable electric infrastructure in 27 states. It includes $127m for smart grid projects. USDA said that the funds will support infrastructure improvements in Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

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Source: EBR

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