US invests $398.5m to improve rural power infrastructure

Smart grid technology will be installed to increase the reliability and efficiency of the grid

US awards $202m for rural power projects

The US Government is providing $202 million (£164m) for projects that deliver electricity to rural residents, business and institutions in nine states. Around $14.7 million (£12m) will be used for smart grid technologies, including metering, substation automation and computer applications. That would be installed in all nine states – Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, […]

US invests $46m to boost energy efficiency

The US has awarded $46 million (£31.2m) to boost energy efficiency and renewable projects. The Department of Agriculture is providing the cash to an energy company in Vermont to make improvements in rural areas across the state. It aims to help householders save money by installing green energy systems, energy-saving technologies abd switching to cleaner […]

US invests $314m in water infrastructures

The US has announced an investment worth $314 million (£200.9m) for water projects across the country. A total of 141 projects will improve water and wastewater infrastructures in rural communities. The cash will enable water systems to help rural communities to prepare or recover from emergencies that threaten the availability of safe drinking water. It will also […]

US invests $210m in renewable fuels

The US is investing $210 million (£136.5m) to double the number of fuelling pumps that supply renewable fuels to motorists. The Department of Agriculture is working with 21 states through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) to develop the project and increase the options for customers. Some of the states that will receive a share of the […]

US funds 1,100 renewable and energy efficiency projects

The US will fund more than 1,100 renewable and energy efficient projects across the country. The Department of Agriculture is providing a $102 million (£66.3m) loan and $71 million (£46.1m) in grants for small rural businesses and agricultural producers. The funding aims to reduce energy usage and costs in their operations by supporting solar and […]

US invests £2.3bn to improve rural electric infrastructures

The US is investing £2.3 billion (£1.49bn) to improve rural electric infrastructures in 31 states. The funding from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) includes more than £108 million (£70.2m) for smart grid technology and $41 million (£26.65m) for renewable energy projects. Around $9 million (£5.85m) will be used for storm damaged electric repairs. Companies and […]

US invests $63m in green energy projects

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $63 million (£41) in 264 energy efficiency and renewable projects across the country. It is supporting the schemes through its Rural Energy for America Programme (REAP). They are expected to generate 207.8 million kWh of electricity – enough to power more than 13,600 homes for a year. The […]

US updates agriculture climate change policy

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced additonal steps to integrate climate change adaptation in its programmes and operations. It said climate change has consequences for food production, yields of staple crops, forests, grasslands and also affect the economic well-being of individuals. The updated ‘USDA Policy Statement on Climate Change Adaptation’ will analyse how […]

£100k for ‘smarter’ grid in rural US

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing more than $100 million (£63m) to help make the electricity grid smarter in rural parts of the country. The programme called ‘Rural Utilities Service’ will divide the loan between different electric companies in the states of North Dakota, South Carolina, Michigan and Indiana. Some of the funding will be […]