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Fed funds allow for upgrade to infrastructure

A local project to build 32 miles of electric distribution line in rural Logan County is among $126 million in loans to upgrade rural electric infrastructure in eight states, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Monday.


Logan County Electric Cooperative will receive a $4.5 million loan that will also include $331,100 for smart grid projects to help prevent power outages before they happen.

The majority of the loaned funds will be used to replace copper-weld conductors and poles that are more than 50 years old, according to co-op officials. Additionally, part of the investment will be for the installation of a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system which will integrate with the current outage management system and automated meter infrastructure system.  

System replacements will help prevent outages, while these smart grid investments will allow cooperative personnel to detect power outages and restore electric service sooner.

Check out Tuesday's Examiner for the full story.

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