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  Release No. 0483.09
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  AGRICULTURE SECRETARY VILSACK AWARDS $2.4 BILLION IN ELECTRIC LOANS TO BOLSTER RURAL INFRASTRUCTURE
  Investments Will Benefit Nearly 113,000 Rural Customers in 33 States
 

LAS CRUCES, N.M., Sept. 30, 2009 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that 58 rural utilities and cooperatives in 33 states have been selected to receive $2.4 billion in loans and loan guarantees to build and repair over 12,000 miles of distribution and transmission lines and make system improvements that will benefit almost 113,000 rural customers. Vilsack made the announcement during a Rural Tour stop in Las Cruces, N.M., as part of the Obama Administration's effort to develop infrastructure and build the economy of rural communities.

"President Obama and I understand the importance of repairing America's infrastructure to the long-term health and prosperity of our rural communities," said Vilsack. "These loans and guarantees will help rural utilities improve services, support renewable energy efforts, and create jobs across the country.

Several of the loan guarantees support renewable energy ventures. For instance in Fitzgerald, Ga., Fitzgerald Renewable Energy LLC has been selected to receive a $139 million loan guarantee to build a biomass-fueled power generating facility. The plant will utilize locally produced wood fuel waste to generate 55 megawatts of renewable electric power. The fuel typically will be waste wood provided by vendors within 50 miles of community.

Multitrade Rabun Gap LLC, located in Rabun Gap, Ga., has been selected to receive a $20.7 million loan guarantee to construct and operate a 17 megawatt wood-fueled biomass facility. The facility has a significant amount of existing equipment already on site, including a wood-fired boiler that was previously used to supply steam and electricity to a textile manufacturing operation. The new biomass facility will use native renewable fuel from the local forest industry and is expected to sell power to a Georgia cooperative under a long-term power purchase agreement.

These loans and loan guarantees are part of USDA Rural Development's annual budget and are not funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Below is a complete list of the borrowers. Each was selected for a loan guarantee unless otherwise specified. Funding of each loan recipient is contingent upon the recipient meeting the conditions of the loan agreement.

Alaska:

Golden Valley Electric Association Inc. – $65,328,000

Alabama:

Powersouth Energy Cooperative – $20,195,000

Arkansas:

Craighead Electric Cooperative Corp. – $21,725,000

Clay County Electric Cooperative Corp. – $10,859,000

Petit Jean Electric Cooperative Corp. – $7,359,000

Arizona:

Southwest Transmission Cooperative Inc. – $48,072,000

California:

Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative – $20,928,000

Colorado:

Southeast Colorado Power Association – $11,682,000

Holy Cross Electric Association Inc. – $21,171,000

Florida:

Central Florida Electric Cooperative, Inc. – $19,000,000

Georgia:

Hart Electric Membership Corporation – $52,170,000

Slash Pine Electric Membership Corporation – $6,000,000

Georgia Transmission Corporation – $152,419,000

Multitrade Rabun Gap LLC – $20,701,000

Fitzgerald Renewable Energy LLC– $139,000,000

Iowa:

Franklin Rural Electric Cooperative – $550,000

Idaho:

Clearwater Power Company – $13,463,000

Illinois:

Southern Illinois Power Cooperative – $29,489,000

Indiana:

Orange County Rural Electric Membership Corporation – $5,000,000

Tipmont Rural Electric Membership Corporation – $9,000,000

Harrison County Rural Electric Membership Corporation – $14,000,000

Kansas:

CMS Electric Cooperative Inc. – $12,400,000 direct loan

Lyon-Coffey Electric Cooperative Inc. – $8,201,000

Kentucky:

Owen Electric Cooperative Inc. – $21,083,000

West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. – $20,000,000

South Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. –$20,732,000

East Kentucky Power Cooperative, Inc. – $341,000,000

Louisiana:

Dixie Electric Membership Corporation – $149,425,000

Maryland:

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, Inc. – $88,898,000

Maine:

Fox Islands Electric Cooperative, Inc. – $985,000

Michigan:

Cloverland Electric Cooperative – $14,000,000

Minnesota:

Federated Rural Electric Association – $4,740,000

Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative – $9,000,000

Missouri:

Pemiscot-Dunklin Electric Cooperative – $23,216,000

Callaway Electric Cooperative – $8,888,000

Associated Electric Cooperative – $199,275,000

Mississippi:

Singing River Electric Power Association – $48,898,000

Natchez Trace Electric Power Association – $3,000,000

South Mississippi Electric Power Association – $62,903,000

Montana:

Goldenwest Electric Cooperative, Inc. – $2,467,000 direct loan

Hill County Electric Cooperative, Inc. – $12,457,000

North Carolina:

Lumbee River Electric Membership Corp. – $50,000,000

North Dakota:

Basin Electric Power Cooperative – $101,500,000

Oklahoma:

East Central Oklahoma Electric Cooperative, Inc. – $11,153,000

Pennsylvania:

Valley Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. – $23,500,000

Bedford Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. – $4,000,000

United Electric Cooperative, Inc. – $12,492,000 direct loan

South Carolina:

Aiken Electric Cooperative, Inc. – $88,831,000

Berkeley Electric Cooperative, Inc. – $111,299,000

South Dakota:

West River Electric Association Inc. – $36,879,000

Northern Electric Cooperative, Inc. – $13,625,000

Bon Homme Yankton Electric Association Inc. – $5,376,000

Cherry-Todd Electric Cooperative, Inc. – $13,204,000

Tennessee:

Forked Deer Electric Cooperative, Inc. – $3,812,000

Texas:

San Miguel Electric Cooperative, Inc. – $69,500,000

Washington:

Benton Rural Electric Association – $10,661,000

Wisconsin:

St. Croix Electric Cooperative – $10,000,000

Wyoming:

Powder River Energy Corporation – $117,861,000

USDA Rural Development's mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development, and supports the creation of critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA Rural Development's web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov .

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