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Between 1917 and 1936, North Carolina promoted the widespread use and installation of electricity in rural areas for North Carolina residents. Two of the most ardent supporters of this movement were Eugene C. Branson, professor of Rural Social Economics at the University of North Carolina and Clarence H. Poe, editor of the 'Progressive Farmer.' North Carolina was the first state to implement its own program to promote electrification and stimulated the Roosevelt administration into creating the Rural Electrification Administration in 1935.
The nation’s rural electrification program is marking fifty years of success on May 11. Since then, the Rural Electrification Administration has completely transformed rural communities by extending electric power to rural areas. This article discusses how the program was established, and presents excerpts from interviews with North Carolinians recalling rural life with and without electricity.
North Carolina’s Electric Membership Corporations are preparing to purchase a share of the Duke Power Company’s Catawba Nuclear Station in the wake of a decision by the Rural Electrification Administration to guarantee financing for the project. After three decades of negotiation, this represents the first step toward establishing a comprehensive power supply program for the state’s rural electric program.
Rural electric leaders from North Carolina and throughout the nation met in Washington D.C. to call for reinstatement of the Rural Electrification Administration’s direct loan program. This article discusses the program and concerns for North Carolina.
North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have asked Congress to appropriate Rural Electrification Administration loan funds to provide increased service to pace rural development. As of mid-April, power reserves in the Carolinas-Virginia area were dangerously low. This article discusses the power crisis in North Carolina and potential solutions to the problem.
United States Representative Walter B. Jones advises rural citizens to speak up on behalf of a North Carolina electric membership corporation. In response to a letter criticizing low Rural Electrification Administration interest rates, Jones discusses the rural electrification program, the role of electric cooperatives, property taxes and loans.