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USDA awards $8 million to help reduce high energy costs in remote areas

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack awarded nine grants to help reduce energy costs for residents in remote rural areas where the cost of producing electricity is extremely high.

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USDA is providing $7.9 million through the High Energy Cost Grant program, which is administered by USDA's Rural Utilities Service.

High Energy Cost Grants may be used to improve energy generation, transmission or distribution facilities in communities where the average residential cost for home energy exceeds 275 percent of the national average.

Grants are available to businesses, non-profit groups, states, local governments and federally recognized Indian tribes.

Since the start of the Obama Administration, USDA has provided 52 grants totaling $64 million benefitting communities burdened by high fuel costs in 12 states, two U.S. territories and two areas of the Western Pacific.

You can see the grantees here.

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