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On Sept. 12, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced more than $136 million in new loan guarantees to help fund electric system improvements in seven states, including over $5 million for smart grid projects.

The USDA's announcement came only a week after it revealed $207.9 million in separate loan guarantees for rural utilities in eight states. That funding included $11 million for smart grid projects. According to the agency, it has invested more than $530 million in smart grid technologies nationwide since 2011.

The following is a list of rural utilities that will receive the USDA’s newest round of funding:

Iowa

East-Central Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative - $10 million. Funds will be used to serve 327 customers, build 211 miles of distribution line and make other system improvements. The loan includes $483,259 for smart grid projects.

Farmers Electric Cooperative Inc. - $10 million. Funds will be used to serve 305 customers, build 273 miles of distribution line and make other system improvements. The loan includes $60,000 for smart grid projects.

Southwest Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative - $6 million. Funds will be used to serve 336 customers, build 133 miles of distribution line and make other system improvements. The loan includes $145,711 for smart grid projects.

Kansas


The Western Cooperative Electric Association Inc. - $16.5 million. Funds will be used to serve 200 customers, build 349 miles of distribution line and make other system improvements.

Minnesota

Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative - $9.9 million. Funds will be used to serve 463 customers, build 84 miles of distribution line and make other system improvements. The loan includes $770,000 for smart grid projects and $386,100 for service to Native Americans.

North Itasca Electric Co-op Inc. - $5.9 million. Funds will be used to serve 400 customers, build 124 miles of distribution line and make other system improvements. The loan includes $987,490 for smart grid projects and $108,680 for service to Native Americans.

Missouri

West Central Electric Cooperative Inc. - $20 million. Funds will be used to serve 840 customers, build 125 miles of distribution line and make other system improvements. The loan includes $448,000 for smart grid projects.

Oklahoma

Kiwash Electric Cooperative Inc. - $10 million. Funds will be used to serve 549 customers, build 178 miles of distribution line and make other system improvements. The loan includes $74,000 for smart grid projects.

Texas

Central Texas Electric Cooperative Inc. - $25 million. Funds will be used to serve 2,912 customers, build 589 miles of distribution line and make other system improvements. The loan includes $856,500 for smart grid projects.

Wyoming

High Plains Power Inc. - $22.6 million. Funds will be used to serve 772 customers, build 127 miles of distribution line and 15 miles of transmission line, and make other system improvements. The loan includes about $1.4 million for smart grid projects and $2.4 million for service to Native Americans.










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