American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

5:00am

Thu May 28, 2015
Energy

Wyoming's Smart Grid Reality Hasn't Caught Up To The Promise

Power transmission lines march across the Shirley Basin in central Wyoming.
Stephanie Joyce Wyoming Public Media

Early in his presidency Barack Obama made a pledge to modernize the nation's power grid, comparing its state at the time to early roads before the Interstate system.

"It was a tangled maze of poorly maintained back roads that were rarely the fastest or the most efficient way to get from point A to point B," the president said.

$3.4 billion in stimulus money from the 2009 Recovery Act was promised to do for power what the Eisenhower administration did for roads. The new grid would be smart and efficient, bringing the tech revolution to electricity. It would incorporate more renewable energy. It would have the ability to fix blackouts more quickly. It would save customers a lot of money.

So whatever happened to that plan?

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3:53pm

Wed February 27, 2013
Business

Gardner Hammers Agency Tasked with Broadband Oversight

screncap: http://energycommerce.house.gov/hearing/is-the-broadband-stimulus-working

1:59pm

Tue February 26, 2013
Business

Colorado Broadband Project Attracts More Scrutiny

On Wednesday, Colorado will be front and center in a federal congressional hearing examining whether broadband stimulus dollars have been spent effectively.

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3:02pm

Wed February 13, 2013
Business

Broadband On The Rural Plains Draws Republican Scrutiny

Steven Damron Creative Commons

An ambitious plan to connect a high-speed broadband network across Colorado is coming under fire by Republicans who say the federal government is wasting millions of dollars in stimulus money.

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