Cooper Power Systems has secured acceptance from the Rural Utilities Service (RUS), a division of the United States Department of Agriculture, for use of its UltraSIL polymer-housed Evolution distribution-class surge arrester.

With the RUS certification, rural utilities will now have access to Cooper Power Systems product technology, enabling them to lower carbon dioxide emissions and increase awareness of their environmental stewardship efforts, as well as employ an arrester capable of withstanding extreme electrical and environmental conditions. The technology also provides utilities with enhanced asset protection, reduced equipment failures and improved supply chain management.

“RUS certification ensures the availability of electric power products and services to all markets and geographies across the United States,” said Cooper Power Systems group president, Mike Stoessl. “Cooper Power Systems is committed to delivering solutions that enable utilities to maximize growth opportunities and build out their rural infrastructure.”

Under the authority of the Rural Electrification Act of 1936, the Rural Utilities Service provides loans and loan guarantees that finance the construction of electric distribution, transmission, and generation facilities, including system improvements and replacements required to furnish and improve electric service in rural areas, as well as demand side management, energy conservation programs, and on-grid and off-grid renewable energy systems. Loans are made to corporations, states, territories, subdivisions and agencies such as municipalities, people's utility districts, and cooperative, nonprofit, limited-dividend, or mutual associations that provide retail electric service needs to rural areas or supply the power needs of distribution borrowers in rural areas. Participating organizations are only allowed to purchase products from the RUS approved listing. One of the requirements to get listed is that the products are made in the United States. Any use of products not listed requires special approval from the RUS.