ABOUT THE RUS ELECTRIC PROGRAM:
Powering Sustainable Rural Communities
Providing reliable, affordable electricity is essential to sustaining the economic well-being and quality of life for all of the nation's rural residents. The Electric Program provides leadership and capital to maintain, expand, upgrade, and modernize America's vast rural electric infrastructure. Under the authority of the Rural Electrification Act of 1936, the Electric Program makes direct loans and loan guarantees to electric utilities (wholesale and retail providers of electricity) that serve customers in rural areas.
The loans and loan guarantees finance the construction of electric distribution, transmission, and generation facilities, including system improvements and replacement required to furnish and improve electric service in rural areas, as well as demand side management, energy efficiency and conservation programs, and on-grid and off-grid renewable energy systems. Loans are made to cooperatives as well as to corporations, states, territories and subdivisions and agencies such as municipalities, people's utility districts, and nonprofit, limited-dividend, or mutual associations that provide retail electric service needs to rural areas or supply the power needs of distribution borrowers in rural areas.
The RUS Electric Program helps nearly 700 borrowers in 46 states finance safe, modern, and efficient infrastructure. The resulting loan portfolio of approximately $46 billion is managed by the Electric Program.
RUS-financed electrical systems provide service to more than 90 percent of the Nation’s counties that are identified as suffering from persistent poverty, out-migration, or other economic hardships. The Electric Program also provides financial assistance through High Energy Cost Grants to rural communities with extremely high energy costs to acquire, construct, extend, upgrade, and otherwise improve energy generation, transmission, or distribution facilities.
Contact: James Elliott, Acting Assistant Administrator, Electric Program at: (202) 720-9545
Mobilizing Capital into Rural America
Track our progress in loan making throughout the fiscal year by looking at the latest BoxScore. This document displays details of the various Electric Program loan offerings.
Our Functional Structure is Focused on Customer Service
The RUS Electric Program is comprised of three offices: the Office of Loan Origination and Approval (OLOA), the Office of Portfolio Management and Risk Assessment (OPMRA), and the Office of Policy, Outreach and Standards (OPOS).
Where a Loan Application Starts, is Completed and Submitted
OLOA is the primary contact for all electric borrowers and consists of a Financial Operations Branch, an Engineering Branch, and three teams of General Field Representatives (GFRs). The GFRs assist the Borrower with the development of loan applications, support materials, and the submission of loan applications (see text box below). The Financial Operations and Engineering Branches within OLOA provide guidance to borrowers for all financial and operational activities, as well as assistance with the development and approval of construction work plans and environmental clearance. Activities within OLOA continue through loan approval and the obligation of loan funds.
Contact: Annie Holloway-Jones, Deputy Assistant Administrator, OLOA at: (202) 720-0848
Bringing Customer Service To Our Borrowers
The Electric Program maintains a staff of General Field Representatives (GFRs) stationed around the country. GFRs are an integral part of our outreach delivery system that and a vital component of the program since its inception. GFRs meet regularly with borrowers at the borrowers’ locations. They assist with developing loan applications, discuss matters of interest to borrowers, and provide assistance as requested - all on a one-to-one basis. Field accountants are also available to electric borrowers to provide advice and assistance on accounting issues.
GFRs serve as the local information conduit for the borrowers and headquarters staff. There is a tremendous amount of activity at the state and federal level related to the electric industry. The GFRs keep borrowers current on issues that profoundly impact their business. GFRs play a critical role in the flow of information to electric borrowers. This two-way flow of information enhances our continuing relationship with the borrower and improves the effectiveness of our outreach efforts.
Post Loan Services Ensures Loan Funds are Advanced; Financial and Operational Performance Supports the Borrowers’ Ability to Repay
OPMRA consists of three branches: a Financial Operations Branch, an Engineering Branch, and a Loan Monitoring and Forecasting Branch. The Financial Operations Branch and Engineering Branch provide the necessary post-loan services to the loans and grants made by the Electric Program. The Loan Monitoring and Forecasting Branch review financial and operational performance to assess and mitigate any potential risks to Government securities.
Contact: Victor Vu, Deputy Assistant Administrator, OPMRA at: (202) 720-6436
Being Responsive to Market Needs and Staying Ahead of Industry Trends
OPOS consists of a Policy and Outreach Branch (OPOB) and an Engineering Standards Branch. The Policy and Outreach Branch is involved in the review of agency policies, revising them as needed, and communicating them to our customers. OPOB also plans and coordinates outreach activities with borrowers, associations and other stakeholders of the Electric Program. Outreach efforts provide valuable opportunities for customer engagement and provides important and timely feedback for the Electric Program to update its products and services. The Engineering Standards Branch develops and maintains engineering bulletins, regulations, and related activities. Technological services provided by this Branch relate to the design, construction, operation and maintenance of rural electric distribution and transmission lines and their materials. Standards and specifications enable RUS borrowers to build the most efficient and affordable infrastructure to deliver electricity to rural America.
Contact: Joseph Badin, Deputy Assistant Administrator, OPOS at: (202) 720-1900