Rural Electrification Administration (REA)

An agency of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture that makes loans to states and territories in the U.S. for rural electrification and for providing electricity to persons in rural areas who do not receive central station service. It also furnishes and improves electric and telephone service in rural areas, fosters energy conservation,on-grid and off-grid renewable energy systems, and studies the condition and progress of rural electrification.