Applauded by Arizona Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly and Arizona Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) granted the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) a $235 million Rural Development loan for critical improvements in providing reliable electricity, water, and gas to the Navajo Nation. The newly awarded investment will fund NTUA’s transmission expansions and upgrades, headquarters and warehouse construction, the service to 5,337 consumers, 144 miles of transmission line, 221 miles of distribution line and funding in smart grid technologies.
NTUA, headquartered in Defiance, Arizona, is a public agency which provides for the operation, maintenance, and expansion of electric, communications, natural gas, water, wastewater, and generation services for the Navajo people. NTUA currently serves a population of approximately 150,000 spread across the Navajo Nation, an area of about 27,000 square miles that encompasses a large part of the state of Arizona and portions of Utah and New Mexico. The press release on the rural development loan can be found here.
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