Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the USDA will make $3.6 billion available to help rural utilities fund infrastructure upgrades. The $3.6 billion will build or improve 12,500 miles of transmission and distribution line. It includes $216 million for smart grid technologies, $35 million for renewable energy, $26 million for environmental improvements, and nearly $1.8 million for energy efficiency.

 

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