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Vermont residents mull small grid ballot measure

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Friday, June 24, 2011

Vermont officials are urging residents to approve a measure they will vote on next week that would effectively increase the city's green initiatives, giving a jolt to the local economy, according to a published report.

The Burlington Free Press reports that a small grid ballot item will be voted on next Tuesday by area residents that could help Vermont become a leader among all U.S. states in its adoption of smart grid technologies. If the ballot measure is approved, roughly $7.2 million of a $13.5 million revenue bond would be matched by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), contributing to a $69 million grant that would help the state to upgrade aging critical infrastructure systems.

Officials affirmed that the development of the state's smart grid would help utilities to increase the efficacy of the grid, allowing for the quick identification and fix of disruptions. They also touted the ability of the smart grid to bring long-term cost savings to state residents.

If the financing is approved, officials said they would work to develop smart grid security measures that would protect the power grid from cyber security attacks, responding to some residents who had expressed safety concerns.

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