Idaho Power, Avista to get energy grants




BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ Idaho Power Co. and Avista Corp. are in line
to get millions in federal dollars to modernize transmission lines,
make the power grid more efficient and create new jobs to do it.

The Obama administration is making about $3.4 billion available
in government support for 100 projects nationwide aimed at
modernizing the power grid. Officials say a more modern grid is
critical to goals of giving consumers better control over
electricity usage and costs.

Officials say Idaho Power will get $47 million to upgrade
transmission lines and its distribution network and integrate
so-called ``smart meter'' technology for customers.

Avista is getting $20 million for similar projects.

U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick, D-Idaho, says the investments will help
improve the utility infrastructure and prepare Idaho to be a leader
in the new energy economy.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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