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USDA awards funding to South Dakota rural electric utilities

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota is one of 18 states receiving funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make improvements to rural electric infrastructure.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsak announced this week the loan guarantees that will help electric utilities make improvements to electric lines, transmissions facilities and smart grid technology.

He says maintaining and upgrading rural electric systems improves reliability, creates jobs and supports economic development.

In South Dakota, East River Electric Power Cooperative will get $62 million to build 44 miles of transmission line and adds new substations. The Southwestern Electric Cooperative will get $39 million to improve 618 miles of distribution line, while Grand Electric Cooperative is awarded $14 million in loan guarantees to build and improve 185 miles of distribution and one mile of transmission line.







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