Obama administration to give $7 million to Georgia to help schools with electric grid

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AUGUSTA, Ga.

— The Obama administration is proposing to give more than $7.5 million in grants to Georgia and other states to help restore electrical grid stability and help schools upgrade power.

The U.S. Department of Energy announced Tuesday that it will award $2.5 billion in grants in 2018 to help Georgia restore electricity supply and maintain electricity security.

In addition to Georgia, the Obama administration also will award a total of $1.5 to $2 million to other states for a variety of programs to help them maintain their electrical grid.

“We can’t wait to begin building upon the progress made over the past several years to build a more resilient and reliable electricity system,” President Donald Trump said in a statement.

“The Trump administration’s commitment to supporting the power grid is an example of how we are responding to the needs of our communities.”

Georgia is in the midst of a power outage after a natural gas explosion killed at least three people and injured more than 300.

The governor declared a state of emergency in May and has been dealing with an outage that has disrupted power to more than 100,000 people.

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