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President Barack Obama unveiled an initiative to help fund the largest energy grid modernization in United States history. The investment could have a wide-ranging impact on ETFs.

The Obama Administration has announced that it’s investing $3.4 billion in order to fund this project. Through the plan, 100 private companies, utilities, cities and manufacturers will receive grants ranging from $400,000 to $200 million in order to build a smart energy grid, reports Lynn Sweet for The Chicago Sun-Times. So far, these awards are the largest Recovery Act awards ever made on one day.

Analysis shows that by getting smart grid technology off the ground, it could reduce electricity use by at least 4% by 2030. This would result in savings of $20.4 billion for both businesses and consumers.

The Senate environment committee also released details of its climate change legislation, which includes the share of “emissions allowances,” which is revenue that comes from regulation of a cap-and-trade system – once it’s in place. The Senate has nearly tripled the share of allowances set aside by the House for transit, inter-city rail, and other efforts to trim transport-based emissions. Elana Schor for Streetsblog reports that the Senate measure would set aside more than 3% of allowances in the first two years of the cap-and-trade system for limiting pollution from the transportation sector.

  • First Trust NASDAQ Clean Edge Green Energy (Nasdaq: QCLN)
  • iShares Dow Jones U.S. Utilities (NYSEArca: IDU)
  • iShares S&P Global Infrastructure (NYSEArca: IGF)
  • iShares S&P Global Clean Energy (NYSEArca: ICLN)
  • PowerShares WilderHill Clean Energy (NYSEArca: PBW)
  • PowerShares Global Clean Energy (NYSEArca: PBD)
  • PowerShares Cleantech (NYSEArca: PZD)
  • PowerShares Dynamic Utilities (NYSEArca: PUI)
  • Utilities Select Sector (NYSEArca: XLU)
  • Vanguard Utilities (NYSEArca: VPU)
  • SPDR FTSE/Macquarie Global Infrastructure 100 (NYSEArca: GII)
Source: 10 ETFs to Play Obama’s New Energy Plan