Rural Issue

Rural Electric Infrastructure grants

The USDA is providing more than a quarter billion dollars in loans for rural electric infrastructure improvements.

Acting Deputy Undersecretary for Rural Development Roger Glendenning says these loans will help improve the delivery of reliable electricity, and ensure that rural areas nationwide can prosper economically.

Among the projects receiving funds through the Electric Program of the Rural Utilities Service are:

(MN) Minnesota’s Wild Rice Electric Cooperative, which will use nearly $15 million to build or improve over 120 miles of line, and finance $3.3 million in smart grid technologies.

(IN) Indiana’s Whitewater Valley Rural Electric Membership Corporation, which plans to use $10 million to upgrade 111 miles of line and make system improvements.

(MI) Michigan’s Great Lakes Energy Cooperative, which plans to use nearly $50 million to build or improve more than 700 miles of line for 3,000 new customers.

(OH) Ohio’s Logan County Cooperative Power and Light Association, which will use more than $4 million to build 40 miles of line and invest nearly $430,000 in smart grid technologies. Also in Ohio, Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative will use a $9 million dollar loan to build nearly 50 miles of line and invest close to $950,000 in smart grid technologies.

The Electric Program is the successor to the Rural Electrification Administration, making loans and loan guarantees to nonprofit and cooperative associations, public bodies and other utilities.

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