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USDA to invest in smart-grid improvements for rural areas

US: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has revealed that United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing more than $100 million in loans to build or improve 1,000 miles of electric transmission and distribution lines for rural electric cooperative utilities in four states (Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina and Indiana) of the country.

"Investments we make to provide rural communities with electricity are critical to our nation's economy. Our commitment to rural electricity has powered our growing agricultural exports, a burgeoning bio-economy and the quality of life for rural Americans,” said Vilsack. Loans have been given out for smart-grid improvements, smart-grid projects and storm damage restoration in rural areas.

Source: USDA