Funding aimed at lakes area electrical infrastructure | BrainerdDispatch.com | Brainerd, Minnesota

Funding aimed at lakes area electrical infrastructure

Posted: September 2, 2011 - 2:19pm

Crow Wing Power, based in Brainerd, will receive a loan of $22.4 million through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service, U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken announced Thursday regarding AN effort to improve electric infrastructure in the Brainerd lakes area. 

The senators reported “the funds will go to build 49 miles of new electric distribution line and improve 147 miles of existing distribution line, as well as make other system improvements.”

Crow Wing Power serves more than 36,000 members in Cass, Crow Wing, and Morrison counties and makes up a portion of the Great River Energy wholesale power system, which serves about 1.7 million people in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

“Reliable electrical service is something every American should be able to access,” Klobuchar said in a news release. “Support such as this will help Crow Wing Power expand its operations and ensure that the lights will remain on in countless farms, households, and small businesses.”

“All over Minnesota, electric cooperatives like Crow Wing Power bring affordable service to people who would otherwise have little or no access to electricity,” said Franken in a news release. “These federal funds will allow Crow Wing Power to expand its service and make it more reliable for the thousands of Minnesotans who depend on it.”