Empowering Rural America Grant and Loan Program
Rural Utilities Service, a Rural Development agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
The Empowering Rural America (New ERA) program helps rural Americans transition to clean, affordable, and reliable energy. By reducing air and water pollution, New ERA funding improves health outcomes and lower energy costs for people in rural communities. New ERA program funding is available to member-owned rural electric cooperatives, which have been the backbone of America’s rural power delivery for nearly a century.
This $9.7 billion program is part of the Inflation Reduction Act and represents the largest investment in rural electrification since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Rural Electrification Act into law in 1936.
The New ERA program is available only to rural electric cooperatives, including:
Existing or former USDA Rural Utilities Service (RUS) borrowers
Borrowers of the former Rural Electrification Administration
Rural electric cooperatives that serve predominantly rural areas
Wholly or jointly owned subsidiaries of rural electric cooperatives
September 15, 2023
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