Federal grants to help handle energy disruptions

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Georgia and South Carolina will receive almost $1.7 million in U.S. Energy Department grants to explore ways to protect energy systems from disruptions such as blackouts, hurricanes, ice storms and shortages of heating supplies.

In all, nearly $38 million will be allocated nationwide for such programs, with funds allocated through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, according to a press release issued today by Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

Georgia’s share totals $1,088,694 and South Carolina will receive $611,034.

The funds will help improve emergency preparedness plans and can be used by state governments to hire or retrain staff and expand state-level capacities to address energy challenges.

As part of the program, each state must track energy emergencies to assess the restoration and recovery times of any supply disruptions; to train appropriate personnel on energy infrastructure and supply systems; and conduct and participate in state and regional energy emergency exercises to evaluate the effectiveness of their energy assurance plans.

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