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USDA funds Ohio smart grid expansion

Steve Rogerson
March 11, 2020
 
The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development programme has awarded more than $60m in low interest loans to three electric co-ops in rural Ohio to invest in electric infrastructure, strengthen reliability and build new service facilities.
 
The funds comprise:

  • $16,658,000 to Washington Electric Cooperative in Marietta to connect 500 consumers, and build and improve 71km of line. The project includes $1.1m in smart grid technologies.
  • $4,500,000 to Adams Rural Electric Cooperative in West Union to connect 400 consumers, and build and improve 71km of line. The project includes $53,877 in smart grid technologies.
  • $39,000,000 to South Central Power in Lancaster to build a service and warehouse facility in Fairfield County and a new Hillsboro service centre in Highland County.
“This is great news for consumers across rural Ohio,” said US senator for Ohio Sherrod Brown. “This type of investment is critical for the region’s economic competiveness and will continue to ensure safe, affordable service for all area residents and businesses. Rural co-ops keep the lights on and have and will continue to play a critical role in our state.”
 
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas.