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USDA Announces Loans to Coops

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced $202 million in loans to coops to upgrade electric service in Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.  These loans include $14.7 million for coops to implement Smart Grid technology.

USDA Announces Loan Guarantees for Rural Improvements

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced $1.4 billion in loan guarantees to improve rural electric infrastructure, including moneys for smart grid and renewable energy investments. Electric coops were among the recipients of this recent round of funding.  Click here for more information.

USDA to Provide More than $1.8 Billion in Funding

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Friday that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide over $1.8 billion to fund electric utility infrastructure improvements in 25 states and one territory.  The USDA-funded improvements include smart grid and renewable energy projects and the building or improvement of more than 6,500 miles of transmission lines. ...

USDA Makes $960 Million Investment in Rural Electric Utility System Improvements

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced funding for rural electric utility system improvements that will benefit residential and business customers in 23 states, including more than $14.3 million to implement smart grid technology and nearly $11 million to improve electric service for Native Americans.  The $960 million in USDA loan guarantees will go...

Coops Working to Make Smart Grid Data More Accessible and Useful

As more coops and their members adopt smart meters and smart grid technology, the next step is to find ways to use this data to meet members’ needs.  A number of coops have hired the Atlanta firm Verdeeco Inc. to help implement methods for coop members to better monitor and manage their energy use.  Click here for more on this story.

USDA Announces Funding for Coop Projects in Seven States

In a news release, the Secretary of Agriculture has announced funding for a variety of projects through the Rural Utilities Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  The projects include, among other things, funding for smart grid technology and improvements on Native American lands across seven states: Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming.  Read...

USDA Announces $11 Million in Loan Guarantees for Smart Grid Improvements

At a recent regional meeting of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack highlighted the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) funding of projects across eight states, including $11 million in loan guarantees for smart grid improvements.  See the USDA press release for a complete list of projects.

USDA Announces Latest Round of Funding for Rural Electric Projects

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced more than $188 million in loan guarantees to upgrade the rural electric grid, including more than $18 million for smart grid initiatives.  This latest round of funding is part of a larger USDA effort to improve the reliability and affordability of rural electric service.  Click here for the full story.

USDA Announces More Than $356 Million in Coop Loans

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced its latest round of funding for rural electric projects.  The funding totals more than $356 million in loans and includes more than $15 million for smart grid investments.  Click here to learn more about the coops that will receive the funding and the projects contemplated.

Four Coops to Receive RUS Loans

Colorado-based Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association (Tri-State), Georgia-based Blue Ridge Mountain Electric Membership Corporation, Texas-based Rio Grande Electric Cooperative and Ohio-based Logan County Cooperative Power & Light Association will receive more than $126 million in loans from the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) for infrastructure upgrades, including $20...

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