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.
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Switch Makes Cents
For more than three decades, NIPCO has committed to the smart management of energy consumption with "Switch Makes Cents", its system-wide load management program.
2021 NIPCO Virtual Annual Meeting Illustrates Why We Are Stronger Together
As NIPCO gathered (virtually) for its first annual meeting since the pandemic began, we see glimpses of hope and reasons for optimism. NIPCO, our member cooperatives, and our power suppliers reported on why we believe we are STRONGER TOGETHER.
Don Applegate Honored with N-Ovation Award
Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative (NIPCO) recognized Nishnabotna Valley Rural Electric Cooperative (REC) Director, Don Applegate, with the distinguished “N-Ovation Award” during NIPCO’s virtual annual meeting on April 6th.
2021 Grid Emergency: Powering Through; Lessons Learned
While the February Grid Emergency pushed many electric cooperatives and utilities past its limits, NIPCO’s system proved strong, and much was learned from the experience.