Washington, DC, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — October 18, 2011 – In another round of funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 26 rural electric cooperatives in 21 states have been awarded a total of almost $47.6 million for smart grid projects.
The loans, from the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service, are aimed to help rural electric utilities build and upgrade the rural electric infrastructure and form part of a continuing focus on investments in infrastructure that create rural jobs. In addition to the smart grid components, loans were granted for transmission and distribution infrastructure developments, including building or improving nearly 6,000 miles of line.
Collectively the funds are expected to benefit over 38,000 rural businesses and residents.
“This investment in the electric grid will help address the growing need for electric service nationwide and spur job creation by building out rural infrastructure,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Smart grid technology can create the climate for job growth in rural America.”
The smart grid investments are as follows:
- Mississippi County Electric Cooperative, AR – $615,000
- Craighead Electric Cooperative Corporation, AR – $258,570
- Gunnison County Electric Association, CO – $1,222,665
- Highline Electric Association, CO – $2,289,240
- Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, CO, NE, NM, WY – $9.684 million
- Suwannee Valley Electric Association, FL – $440,000
- Amicalola Electric Membership Corporation, GA – $9.402 million
- Kankakee Valley Rural Electric Membership Association, IN – $157,000
- Tipmont Rural Electric Membership Corporation, IN – $4,155,895
- Humboldt County Rural Electric Cooperative, IA – $25,000
- Butler County Rural Electric Cooperative, IA – $1.6 million
- Taylor County Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation, KY – $261,612
- Fox Islands Electric Cooperative, ME – $950,000
- Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative, MN – $133,850
- Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative, MO – $84,929
- Minnkota Power Cooperative, ND, MN – $300,000
- Carroll Electric Cooperative, OH – $881,200
- Umatilla Electric Cooperative Association, OR – $2,478,296
- Central Electric Cooperative, PA – $745,700
- Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative, TX – $9.97 million
- Washington Electric Cooperative, VT – $1 million
- Harrison Rural Electrification Association, WV – $137,600
- Jackson Electric Cooperative, WI – $186,600
- Dunn Energy Cooperative, WI – $224,613
- Carbon Power & Light, WY – $370,460
- Niobrara Electric Association, WY – $23,400.