Rural electric cooperatives seeing increase needs for more power

WALL, S.D.(WNAX)- Rural electric cooperatives across the state are seeing rapidly rising demands for power.

Dick Johnson, manager of West River Electric Association based in Wall, says they are expecting rapid growth in and around Ellsworth Airforce Base.

Johnson says they have seen record power demand in the past year.

Johnson says they are seeing growing demand in the I-90 corridor.

West River is getting a forty six million dollar loan from the US Ag Department to finance their planned upgrades over the next few years.