USDA pushes rural smart grid

Monday - 6/20/2011, 12:44pm EDT

The Agriculture Department's Rural Utilities Service is issuing 250-million dollars in low-interest loans to help smaller, rural electric providers add technology to their local power grids. USDA says the loans to implement smart grid technology will help bring innovative features like customized, real time electric usage monitoring to homes and businesses throughout America through smart electric meters. And technological improvements to the grid itself will decrease the number of blackouts.