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Agriculture secretary announces electric system improvements in 23 states

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Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced funding for rural electric utility system improvements that will benefit residential and business customers in 23 states.

The projects include more than $14.3 million to implement smart grid technology and nearly $11 million to improve electric service for Native Americans. U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service Administrator John Padalino made the announcement on the secretary’s behalf while addressing a regional meeting of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association in San Antonio, Texas.

“These investments will ensure that rural electric infrastructure will continue to meet the electricity needs of rural residents, farmers, and commercial and industrial customers,” Padalino said. “This funding is part of the Obama administration’s vision for a new rural energy economy. It includes investments in smart grid technologies that modernize our nation’s electric system and improve its operation.”

In Colorado, the Delta-Montrose Electric Association will receive $6.6 million in loans to build 20 miles of distribution line and other system improvements; the San Miguel Power Association will receive $8.4 million in loans to build 55 miles of distribution line and make other improvements.

In Missouri, the Calloway Electric Cooperative will receive $9.3 million in loans to build 40 miles of distribution line and other system improvements and include $1.9 million in loans for smart grid projects. In New Mexico, the Sierra Electric Cooperative will receive $4.3 million in loans to build 34 miles of distribution line and other system improvements and include $536,000 in loans for smart grid projects.

Oklahoma had two loan recipients. The Canadian Valley Electric Cooperative received $22.2 million in loans to serve 2,141 customers by building 374 miles of distribution line and other improvements. The loan includes $743,532 for smart grid projects. The Rural Electric Cooperative received $15.6 million in loans to serve 1,000 customers by building 134 miles of distribution line an dother improvement. The loan includes $300,000 for smart grid projects and $234,300 for service to Native Americans.

South Dakota had two recipients. The Moreau-Grand Electric Cooperative will receive $10 million in loans to serve 717 customers to build 165 miles of distribution line, 10 miles of transmission line and other system improvements. The loan includes $1.5 million for smart grid projects and $10 million for service to Native Americans. The Oahe Electric Cooperative received $4.9 million in loans to build 78 miles of distribution line and other system improvements. It includes $1 million for smart grid projects and $21,575 for service to Native Americans.

Texas’ Brazos Electric Cooperative will receive $271.8 million in loans to build 287 miles of transmission line, build and improve a substation and switching stations and make other system improvements. The loan includes $352,500 for smart grid projects. In Wyoming, the Wheatland Rural Electric Association will receive $4.6 million in loans to build 85 miles of distribution line and make other system improvements. The loan includes $122,080 for smart grid projects.

Other noteworthy recipients included the Alabama-based Covington Electric Cooperative. It will receive a $42.5 million loan guarantee to construct 539 miles of line and make other system improvements, including $8,000 for smart grid applications. These funds will increase electric system reliability for about 5,400 rural Alabama customers.

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 Obama Administration has invested $152 million in smart grid technologies nationwide during 2013.

Date: 11/04/2013



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