Brown Announces More Than $60 Million for Rural Electric Infrastructure across Ohio

Funding will Improve Electric Service, Build New Facilities in Ohio

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development program has awarded a total of $60,158,000 in low interest loans to three electric co-ops in rural Ohio to invest in electric infrastructure, strengthen reliability, and build new service facilities. Those funds include:

  • $16,658,000 to Washington Electric Cooperative in Marietta to connect 500 consumers, and build and improve 44 miles of line. The project includes $1.1 million in smart grid technologies.
  • $4,500,000 to Adams Rural Electric Cooperative in West Union to connect 400 consumers, and build and improve 44 miles of line. The project includes $53,877 in smart grid technologies.
  • $39,000,000 to South Central Power Company in Lancaster to build a service and warehouse facility in Fairfield County and a new Hillsboro Service Center in Highland County.

“This is great news for consumers across rural Ohio,” Brown said. “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.