SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt.
The Vermont Law School in South Royalton is getting a $450,000 grant to do research on smart grid technology to update the power grid in the United States.
U.S. Rep. Peter Welch says the money will help the school's Institute for Energy and the Environment become a national leader in implementing smart grid implementation standards.
The Vermont Democrat says the grant will bolster the law school's leadership in the field. It will also lay the regulatory and legal groundwork for implementing grid technology.
Last fall Vermont secured $69 million in federal stimulus funds to help create a smart grid system.
Smart grid systems use digital technology to move power more efficiently, cutting usage and peak demand and saving money.