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.
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)
Mother Nature Deals One-Two Punch to Western Iowa; NIPCO Crews Respond
Mother Nature's springtime fury was no match for NIPCO crews as they worked in the face of extreme weather conditions to keep the lights on for cooperative members in western Iowa.
NIPCO Celebrates 70th Year at 2019 Annual Meeting
A record number of attendees gathered to celebrate NIPCO's 70th Anniversary on April 2, 2019. This year’s theme, “RE: Member” was a play on words, so chosen to honor the cooperative’s history and to celebrate NIPCO’s 70-year mission of service its members. The 2019 Annual Meeting provided highlights from 2018 and previewed cooperative operations for 2019 and beyond.
Iowa Cooperatives State Fair Booth Refresh Underway
It’s hard to improve on some Iowa State Fair originals – corn dogs, cotton candy, lemonade shake-ups (we all have our favorite stand) – but when it comes to the Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives of Iowa booth located in the Bruce L. Rastetter 4-H Building, some updating was in order.