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Energizing Utilities for the Economic Stimulus Plan by Maureen Coveney

With the passage of the ARRA, more than $11 billion is allocated to create a bigger, better, smarter electric grid. The investment will allow for the use of more renewable energy, increased use of efficiency technologies and a reduction in electric congestion. As a result, each U.S. utility has an opportunity to leverage public funds.  While executives sort out ARRA implications, they tackle industry issues and economic volatility: energy inefficiencies and costs, regulatory requirements and aging infrastructures.  Because technology is seen as a critical enabler for implementing the economic stimulus plan, with some $100 billion in funding to be spent incrementally during the next five years, it can help utilities see, think and act more clearly to develop and execute the necessary strategies. http://www.elp.com/