Power Being Brought to Rural Areas!

Thanks to the Rural Electrification Administration


The Rural Electrification Administration was created by the Rural Electrification Act that was included in the new deal. Well, what does it do? The REA is trying to make it easier for rural farms and people who live far outside of the city to have electrical power. It does this by providing low cost loans to farmers that have joined to form non-profit cooperatives so they could bring cheaper electrical power lines to farms in rural regions. Before the REA the cost of laying power lines so far away from a power source was so much that power companies didn't want to lay line.


The Rural Electrification Administration has helped bring electricity to 1.5 billion farms, and by 1953 more than 90% of United States farms had electrical power. The Rural Electrification Act gives everyone a fair chance and has similar goals as the Homestead Act which was put into law exactly 74 years earlier to the date of May 20th. Unlike the Homestead act the REA was put into law by executive order 7037, this means that FDR did not go through congress to get it approved. Because of the REA only four years after World War II the number of rural electrical systems had doubled, and 9 out of 10 farmers had electrical power.


The Rural Electrification Administration affects many people today in modern times, without it more than likely there would still be very few farms that had modern electrical power and there wouldn't be continued modernization of the country side. Today 99% of farms have electrical power.