Iowa’s Butler County Rural Electric Cooperative will receive $2.5 million from the USDA to improve electric service in rural areas. For Butler County, the funding will serve 48 local customers, build 15 miles of distribution line, and make general system improvements. The loan amount also includes $20,000 for smart grid projects.
As a whole, this funding initiative from the USDA will provide nearly $280 million in funding for rural electric infrastructure projects across 13 states. The funding designates more than $6 million for smart grid funding, which increases access to information to better manage electricity use, and will result in more than 19,000 miles of new or improved electric lines.
“The partnership between USDA and rural electric utilities helps to improve service to customers and has made it easier for rural businesses to expand and create jobs,” said Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. “As part of President Obama’s plan to improve the rural economy, we will continue to fund projects that increase system reliability. We also promote the expansion of ‘smart grid’ technology which cuts peak demands and improves system reliability.”
For more information visit the USDA news release, USDA Announces Funding to Improve Electric Service to Customers in 13 States.