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NIPCO Operational Continuity Message

  • Posted: 03.20.2020

NIPCO's offices have been closed to visitors. No non-NIPCO employees will be allowed in the building. All deliveries must be dropped off outside of the building (dropoff location is on the south side of the headquarters building). If you need assistance, please call the Control Center at 712-546-3573.


Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative (NIPCO) would like to assure the public that during the heightened awareness of preventing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States, we have shifted business operations to ensure the health and safety of our employees as well as the general public.

Business continuity plans developed by electric cooperatives are designed to maintain the health and safety of the people working for them and to ensure that business critical operations continue without interruption. These measures help ensure that electric cooperatives continue to provide reliable electricity during a business continuity event.

Planning for a health emergency, such as a pandemic, is unique from other business continuity planning. It requires businesses to prepare to operate with a significantly smaller workforce, a threatened supply chain, and limited support services for an extended period until an unknown date in the future.

NIPCO is taking steps now to be prepared in the event there is a significant impact from the coronavirus in the western Iowa communities we serve. We are focused on maintaining a healthy workforce, and keeping operations moving forward.

We continue to work with our member distribution cooperatives and municipal utilities, our Statewide Association (Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives), our National Association (National Rural Electric Cooperative Association), as well as the coordination with other co-ops in the electric sector to prepare for and respond to disasters or threats to critical infrastructure and its workforce.

Through this coordination, electric co-ops and government partners focus on actions and strategies that help protect the energy grid, prevent threats that may disrupt electricity service, and develop capabilities that help electric co-ops quickly respond and recover when major incidents impact the grid.

Effective immediately, the NIPCO office/lobby is closed to the general public until further notice. This action is to prevent exposure to germs and illnesses and to provide a safe working environment for our employees.

Please check back as this situation evolves. We will post any operational updates, as necessary. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to our office by calling 712-546-4141 or send an email us at MemberRelations@nipco.coop.

For more information about coronavirus and preventing the spread of the virus, visit CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html.