More than $24.1 million has been awarded to implement smart grid technology in the United States’ rural electric utility system in the latest round of funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The recipients of this funding are:

  • Covington Electric Cooperative, Inc. (AL) – $8,000
  • Tri-County Electric Cooperative, Inc. (FL) – $255,360
  • Colquitt Electric Membership Corporation (GA) – $9.8 million
  • Georgia Transmission Corporation (GA, AL, FL) – $328,000
  • Monroe County Electric Cooperative, Inc. (IL) – $576,000
  • Cloverland Electric Cooperative (MI) – $3.6 million
  • People’s Cooperative Services (MN) – $304,461
  • Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric (MN) – $1.3 million
  • Callaway Electric Cooperative (MO) – $1.9 million
  • Sierra Electric Cooperative, Inc. (NM) – $536,000
  • Adams Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. (OH) – $524,365
  • Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. (OK) – $300,000
  • Canadian Valley Electric Cooperative, Inc. (OK) – $743,532
  • REA Energy Cooperative, Inc. (PA) – $104,950
  • Little River Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SC) – $203,389
  • Moreau-Grand Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SD) – $1.5 million
  • Oahe Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SD) – $1 million
  • Brazos Electric Cooperative, Inc. (TX) – $352,500
  • Bayfield Electric Cooperative (WI, MI) – $680,519
  • Wheatland Rural Electric Association (WY) – $122,080

“These investments will ensure that rural electric infrastructure will continue to meet the electricity needs of rural residents, farmers, and commercial and industrial customers,” said Rural Utilities Service Administrator John Padalino.

The smart grid funds form part of a total $960 million awarded for electric system improvements in 23 states.

They bring to $152 million the total invested in smart grid technologies nationwide during 2013.