Tribe included in $3.4B 'smart grid' Energy grants
The Navajo Nation is part of $3.4 billion in "smart grid" grants announced by the Department of Energy.

The Navajo Tribal Utility Association will receive $4.9 million to modernize its energy delivery system. The smart grid can be used to identify electrical outages, promote energy efficiency and facilitate alternative energy.

"Implementation of smart grid technology can help transform our energy infrastructure in the places we need it the most, like the Navajo Nation," Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) said in a statement.

NTUA serves about 38,000 customers in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

The money for the grants came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Get the Story:
Navajo Nation gets $4.9M for smart grid (The Farmington Daily Times 10/28)
Press Release: President Obama Announces $3.4 Billion Investment to Spur Transition to Smart Energy Grid (Dept of Energy 10/27)

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act:
H.R.1 | S.1