Norwich, Conn. — The federal government is giving a $9.2 million grant to a group of local electricity providers with the intention of creating more reliable and less costly power supplies.
The Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative, which has its offices in the Stanley Israelite Norwich Business Park, will use the money to develop “Smart Grid” technology, CEO Maurice Scully said. Congress is spending $3.4 billion to make “Smart Grid” a nationwide standard that will improve efficiency and cut costs, Scully said.
“This is really critical for electric consumers in southeastern Connecticut,” said Scully, whose cooperative includes Bozrah Light & Power Co., the Jewett City Department of Public Utilities, and Norwich Public Utilities. “This is a great thing for our customers long term.”