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Linemen preparing mobile substation


Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative (NIPCO) is a generation and transmission electric cooperative supplying wholesale electric power to 7 distribution cooperatives covering 6,500 square miles in western Iowa. These distribution cooperatives supply retail power to over 30,000 members/consumers. NIPCO serves these customers with over 900 miles of 69kV transmission line and 80 distribution substations. Incorporated in 1949 and headquartered in Le Mars, Iowa, NIPCO is a Touchstone Energy® electric cooperative and a member of Basin Electric Power Cooperative.


NIPCO purchases 80% of its power supply from Basin Electric Power Cooperative (Bismark, 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.


WIPCO line crew drilling hole for new power pole installation

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

Old historic photo of linemen manually setting a power pole

The Cooperative Difference

 Neighbors banded together, and communities came together to share ownership of the electricity that would advance everyone. 

Linemen working on new substation


Join the staff of Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative and electrify your career potential.

NIPCO Linemen repairing power poles at sunet


Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative (NIPCO) strives to deliver safe, reliable, affordable, and environmentally responsible power to our member-consumers.

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