Utility group CEO sees Democratic majority as an opportunity for infrastructure legislation

“Jim Matheson of Utah, sees the thin majority the Democrats secured on Tuesday as an opportunity to force centrists of both parties to get energy infrastructure bills passed” reports Right now, the Rural Utilities Service program only provides revolving loans to utilities for projects directly tied to energy.But Matheson wants that changed to provide both federal loans and grants for energy and telecommunications infrastructure such as broadband.Matheson wants legislation to enact changes to the loan and grant programs at the Agriculture Department and other agencies to provide greater flexibility to help his utilities boost both energy and broadband infrastructure.

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