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Several Rural Cooperatives amongst Recipients of $1.2 Billion USDA Grant

Several rural electric cooperatives will be amongst the recipients of a $1.2 billion grant from USDA, focusing on spurring economic development and advancing equity throughout 36 states and Puerto Rico. Wayne-White Counties Electric Coop Inc. is one such coop that will use its $93,600 Rural Economic Development Loan to replace an inefficient drainage water pump and diesel motor to...

Michigan Cooperative seeks Federal Grant to Offset Nuclear Costs

Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative has submitted an application for $9.7 billion in grant and loan funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s New ERA Initiative, funded by the Inflation Reduction Act. If granted, the coop plans to use the funding to pay for power from the Palisades nuclear plant.

Coops Show Strong Interest in USDA Empowering Rural America Program

USDA has announced that it has received proposals for 750 projects from coops across the country seeking grants and loans from the Empowering Rural America (New ERA) Program, with funding requests totaling at least double the $9.7 Billion allotted to the program. Eligible projects include carbon capture, renewable energy, energy storage, nuclear energy and generation and transmission...

19 Cooperatives Receive $434 Million from USDA Electric Loan Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced over $430 million in rural infrastructure loans to 19 cooperatives in 10 states to assist with strengthened systems, grid reliability and security. Minnesota cooperative Lake County Power received the largest loan of $82 million to build 400 miles of line and improve four substations.


The USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa announced that the Agency is investing $15,967,000 in loans and $1,124,000 in grants to four projects in four Iowa counties to promote rural economic development, job creation, and health services.

Biden Administration Makes $11 Billion Available for Clean Energy Development in Rural America

The White House announced the opening of two programs designed to distribute $11 billion in grants and loan opportunities to various stakeholders, including rural electric cooperatives, for investment in clean energy resources. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Empower Rural America program will provide $9.7 billion for rural electric cooperatives and its Power Affordable Clean...

New Mexico to Receive Funds for Rural High-Speed Internet

New Mexico will receive more than $100 million for high-speed internet projects in rural areas. The projects, part of a $401 million national funding announcement, are supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ReConnect program.

Lewis County Rural Electric Cooperative Receives $13.4 Million USDA Loan

Lewis County Electric Cooperative in Lewiston, Missouri has received a $13.4 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The loan will go towards upgrading transmission lines and funding smart grid upgrades.

Great Lakes Energy Cooperative Receives $27 Million as Part of USDA Clean Energy Grant

Great Lakes Energy Cooperative (Great Lakes) is the largest recipient of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funds to support clean energy in Michigan. The USDA funds will be distributed to eight different projects in the state, many of which are small scale solar projects that will help small businesses. Great Lakes will receive $27 million to expand and remodel its headquarters and...

Rural Energy Pilot Program Provides Assistance for Renewable Energy Projects

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched the Rural Energy Pilot Program designed to support efforts in rural communities to further develop renewable energy. Eligible entities may apply for grants up to $2 million and must submit a letter of intent before April 19, 2022.

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