Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack announced today that Access Energy Cooperative will receive $2,688,426 to weatherproof a total of 79 miles of electrical overhead line, which were damaged in previous ice storms and severe weather. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
“It is important that we ensure the reliability and safety of our electrical grid,” said Loebsack. “We have witnessed the devastating effects storms and winter weather can cause, and I am pleased that the Access Energy Cooperative will receive this funding. It is vital that we make these investments to better prepare for severe weather and help ensure Iowa families and businesses have access to reliable electricity no matter the weather.”
The Access Energy Cooperative is based in Mt. Pleasant and serves portions of Southeast Iowa. These funds will strengthen a total of 79 miles of overhead electrical lines to better withstand the effects of ice, snow and high winds. The project includes installing additional poles, replacing existing poles with higher strength poles, and replacing aging copper conductors.