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     Sustainability Research and Analyses
    The study reviews how the lack of connectivity between rural cites and urban centers cause instability and lower state performance.


    • U.S. Energy Information Administration expects energy consumption to increase steadily for the next 30 years.
    • The need to modernize rural electric infrastructure for over 25 million rural residents and businesses with funding for more than 91,000 miles of electric line.
    • Investment in renewable energy, smart grid technology and air quality improvement technologies.
    • Investment in rural development has fallen by nearly one-third since 2003. Action to reverse this decline is critical to creating and sustaining vibrant rural communities.