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USDA Rural Development investing $313.4 million to improve electric service for Kentuckians

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Kentucky State Director Hilda Legg has announced the USDA is investing more than $313.4 million to help build and improve rural electric infrastructure in Kentucky.

“Big Rivers Electric Corporation and East Kentucky Power Cooperative should be commended for their dedication to their customers,” said Legg. “As it has for over 80 years, Rural Development remains dedicated to helping our partners improve electric infrastructure and provide safe and reliable electricity in rural Kentucky.”

Big Rivers Electric Corporation

A $160.48 million loan will be used to build and improve 34 miles of transmission line. These improvements will enhance capacity and ensure greater reliability of service to rural communities. Big Rivers, headquartered in Henderson, serves more than 117,000 residential and commercial customers in 22 Kentucky counties.

Eastern Kentucky Power Cooperative Inc.

A $152.98 million will be used to make transmission system improvements and build 34 miles of transmission line to enhance system reliability. Eastern Kentucky Power generates wholesale electricity and provides bulk transmission services to 16 distribution member cooperatives who serve more than 1 million Kentuckians.

In April 2017, President Donald Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities. In January 2018, Secretary Sonny Perdue presented the Task Force’s findings to President Trump.

To read the report in its entirety, please view the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity.

In addition, to read the categories of the recommendations, please view the Rural Prosperity infographic.

From USDA Rural Development

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