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USDA invests in rural electric in 13 states

Christian Fernsby ▼ | October 10, 2019
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald DJ LaVoy announced that USDA is investing $251 million (PDF, 120 KB) to upgrade rural electric systems in 13 states.
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America   USDA is providing financing through the Electric Loan Program
The funding includes $38.2 million to finance smart grid technologies that improve system operations and monitor grid security.

Topics: USDA rural electric

“Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA continues to be a strong, effective partner to rural communities in building, expanding and modernizing electric infrastructure,” LaVoy said.

“These investments in essential electric grid upgrades help to improve the quality of life in rural communities, create rural jobs and strengthen America’s economy.”

USDA is providing financing through the Electric Loan Program for 12 projects that will serve rural areas in Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

The funding will help build and improve 1,971 miles of line to improve electric reliability in rural areas.