Tom Vilsack,
Agriculture
Secretary
 
Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 22, 2011 - Twenty-two rural electric cooperative utilities in 14 states have received funding for smart grid technologies from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), as part of a broader funding for rural utility generation, transmission and distribution improvements and job creation.

The smart grid investments, totaling almost $35.6 million, are as follows:

  • Woodruff Electric Cooperative Corporation, AR – $249,000
  • Peace River Electric Cooperative, Inc., FL – $546,000
  • Johnson County Rural Electric Membership Corporation, IN – $6.8 million
  • Guthrie County Rural Electric Cooperative Association, IA – $20,000
  • DS&O Electric Cooperative, Inc., KS – $165,000
  • Prairie Land Electric Cooperative, Inc., KS – $3.4 million
  • Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services, MN (serving MN and IA) – $157,000
  • Renville-Sibley Cooperative Power Association, MN – $1.1 million
  • North Star Electric Cooperative, Inc., MN – $30,000
  • M & A Electric Power Cooperative, MO – $1.8 million
  • N.W. Electric Power Cooperative, Inc., MO (serving MO, IA and NE) – $8.7 million
  • Vigilante Electric Cooperative, Inc., MT (serving MT and ID) – $146,000
  • Albermarle Electric Membership Corporation, NC – $215,000
  • Cass County Electric Cooperative, Inc., ND – $4.1 million
  • Roughrider Electric Cooperative, Inc., ND – $962,000
  • Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative, Inc., OH – $875,000
  • Guernsey-Muskingum Electric Cooperative, Inc., OH – $2.1 million
  • Cookson Hills Electric Cooperative, Inc., OK – $1.2 million
  • Charles Mix Electric Association, Inc., SD – $114,000
  • Central Electric Cooperative, Inc., SD – $145,000
  • Lighthouse Electric Cooperative, Inc., TX – $738,000
  • Lamb County Electric Cooperative, Inc., TX – $2 million.

“Improving the electric infrastructure in rural areas creates jobs by ensuring that businesses have reliable and affordable power supplies,” commented Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Electric cooperatives are leaders in rural economic development by helping rural areas retain existing jobs and attract new ones.”

The funding is provided as loans out of a $900 million allocation from the USDA Rural Development’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and is expected to benefit more than 19,000 rural consumers.