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Trump Administration Invests $371 Million to Improve Rural Electric Infrastructure in 11 States

The Trump Administration recently announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $371 million to build and improve critical electric infrastructure that will benefit more than 222,000 rural residents and commercial customers in 11 states. Specifically, this funding will help build and improve 3,741 miles of line to improve electric reliability and...

Kansas Cooperatives Helped by PPP

Six Kansas electric cooperatives recently applied for and received up to $20 million in loans as part of the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a $2 trillion economic stimulus package passed by Congress in late March to help small businesses keep their workforces employed during the coronavirus pandemic.

New Legislation in Congress Could Save Coops Billions

Members of Congress introduced a bipartisan bill Thursday in both the House and Senate that could save electric cooperatives more than $10 billion by allowing them to reprice loans from the Rural Utilities Service at current low interest rates.

Aid for Coops Included in Coronavirus Federal Relief Bill

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) urged Congress to include aid for electric cooperatives and their consumer-members as part of the federal relief efforts aimed at helping the struggling economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. The $2 trillion federal coronavirus relief bill passed by Congress offers millions in aid to consumers struggling to pay their utility...

USDA Announces $900 Million Investment in Rural Infrastructure

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a $900 million investment to build and improve rural electric infrastructure across 16 states through its Electric Loan Program. The investment will result in new or improved electric line of over 2,700 miles. One of the largest recipients, East Kentucky Power Cooperative, will receive $347 million to improve power generation...

USDA Accepting Second Round ReConnect Applications

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accepting applications for the second round of the USDA ReConnect Program beginning on Friday, January 31. This round, which will total $550 million, will continue toward the goal of partnering with the private sector to improve broadband to rural communities.

Coop Leaders Meet with FCC to Discuss Broadband

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released draft ground rules for obtaining funding from the Rural Development Opportunity Fund, an auction that will allocate a total of $20.4 billion to support the development of broadband networks in rural America. Coop leaders, including BARC CEO Mike Keyser and National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) CEO Jim Matheson, took...

Alabama Cooperatives Receive USDA Funding to Improve Rural Broadband

Four companies will use $62.3 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to expand rural broadband infrastructure to parts of Alabama. Specifically, Tombigbee Electric Cooperative, Millry Telephone Co., Farmers Telecommunication Cooperative and National Telephone of Alabama are using grants from the USDA to improve e-connectivity. More than 8,000 rural households, 57 farms,...

Florida Coop to Receive $24.1 Million for Hurricane Michael Expenses

West Florida Electric Cooperative Association will receive $24.1 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for reimbursement of Hurricane Michael expenses. FEMA’s Public Assistance Program is an essential source of funding for communities recovering from federally-declared disasters or emergencies.

USDA Accepting Applications for Funding Through ReConnect

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently established a loan and grant-based program to strengthen broadband in rural America. The program, known as the ReConnect Rural Broadband Pilot Program (ReConnect), will make at least $600 million available in rural broadband projects through the first round of funding.

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