WASHINGTON — The USDA has announced funding for rural electric utility system improvements that will benefit residential and business customers in 23 states.
John Padalino, administrator of USDA’s Rural Utilities Service, made the announcement while addressing a regional meeting of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association in San Antonio, Texas.
The $960 million in USDA loan guarantees will help build 3,587 miles of line, benefit approximately 17,000 rural residential and business customers, and make other system improvements.
The projects include more than $14.3 million to implement smart grid technology and nearly $11 million to improve electric service for Native Americans.
Among the awards were $7.7 million to the Adams Rural Electric Cooperative Inc. in Ohio to build 81 miles of distribution line and make other system improvements; $15 million to REA Energy Cooperative Inc. in Pennsylvania to build 77 miles of distribution line and make other improvements; $15.3 million to United Electric Cooperative Inc. in Pennsylvania to build 141 miles of distribution line and make other improvements; and $5.9 million to Eastern Maine Electric Cooperative to build 71 miles of distribution line and make other improvements.