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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing a $24,988,000 loan to Consolidated Electric Cooperative, Inc. headquartered in Mt. Gilead to build and improve 73 miles of electric line, connecting consumers in rural areas across eight counties. Roughly a quarter of the loan will be used to implement smart grid technology, an electricity network that can monitor and control power flows in real time to match consumption. Consolidated Electric serves an average of 18,400 members across 1,926 miles of electric lines in Union, Richland, Delaware, Marion, Franklin, Knox, Morrow, and Licking Counties.