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.
Energy Emergency Declarations Issued, NIPCO Service Territory Affected
Due to unprecedented electric load demand in the central US, the Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative (NIPCO) service territory is being impacted by energy emergency declarations by its regional transmission operator Southwest Power Pool. As energy conditions adjust, NIPCO, along with our primary power providers, Basin Electric Power Cooperative and Western Area Power Administration, will continue to monitor and respond to serve our western Iowa communities safely and reliably. This page will serve as a resource for information and the latest updates impacting NIPCO's 10-county service territory in western Iowa.
Understanding Energy and Demand
How using electricity wisely can help out your neighbors (and your bottom line, too)
2021 Budget Includes Plans for Innovation and Technology
2021 projects will improve grid resiliency, operational efficiency, and energy consumption, as well as deepen the cooperative’s understanding of electric storage technology and how it will benefit consumers.
From Tube Caddy to Laser Beams: Schiltz Retires After 45 Years
Keith Schiltz has seen communications technology evolve from filament tubes to transistors, then from transistors to solid state chips and then to surface mount chips. Devoting his entire career to NIPCO, Schiltz retired in January 2021 with 45 years of service to the cooperative.