The Electric Cooperative Story
Wondering what a rural electric cooperative is? Don't draw your own conclusions...let us draw them for you!
NIPCO purchases 80% of its power supply from Basin Electric Power Cooperative, (Bismarck, ND) and 20% from Western Area Power Administration (Watertown), SD. Our electric power is generated through energy resources such as wind, water, coal, and natural gas.
With a 99.99% reliability factor, NIPCO's #1 goal is to provide safe, reliable, affordable, and environmentally responsible power to our member rural electric distribution cooperatives.
It takes more than electricity to power a community. It takes a strong local economy, too. NIPCO works with our member rural electric cooperatives to promote western Iowa as the place to live, work, and cultivate business.
We Are Member Owned
NIPCO provides wholesale electric and transmission services to 7 member rural electric distribution cooperatives in western Iowa. Learn more about our members.
The Cooperative Difference
These poles are pillars that were founded on principle by people with principles. Neighbors banded together, and communities came together to share ownership of the electricity that would advance everyone. That's the Cooperative Difference.
As a Touchstone Energy Cooperative and Generation and Transmission cooperative, NIPCO has a strong commitment to the communities in western Iowa and those we serve. Because it isn't just about providing the power to benefit our members, it's about empowering them to do more.
NIPCO Crews Earn High Marks for Safety on Job Site
The Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives' Job Training and Safety Instructor observed or inspected 109 safety areas on a NIPCO job site this past August. How did they fare?
Electric co-ops advocate for rural Iowa during “REC Day on the Hill”
More than 200 employees and directors, representing 36 of Iowa’s rural electric cooperatives (RECs), traveled to the Iowa State Capitol on March 20 to advocate for important issues during its annual “REC Day on the Hill” event.
Lineman 360 Earns National Recognition
Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative (NIPCO) recently received recognition in the 2019 Spotlight on Excellence Awards program, nationally, for its work on "Lineman 360", a Virtual Reality experience to showcase the kind of work involved in keeping the lights on. (Photo courtesy of North West REC)