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The Experience Will BLOW You Away!

Three great days of education and fun can be yours on the Energy Trail Tour, sponsored by North West REC and NIPCO.

You will learn how water and coal are used to make electricity and see mining area returned to productive land. Enjoy the fellowship of other cooperative member-owners in a comfortable motor coach with many interesting stops along the way.

Twelve lucky couples from North West REC will be selected at random from those who sign up. The out-of-pocket cost for our members is just $100 per couple. All lodging, meals and entry fees are included in that cost.

Fill out the Bus tour form. Trips are taken during the summer and sign-up begins in March. Watch your newsletter for more details.


2021 Energy Trail Tour Postponed

DATE: February 25, 2021

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Out of an abundance of caution and with the health and safety of member-owners in mind, the 2021 Energy Trail Tours have been cancelled. North West REC offers two tour opportunities, each summer, in partnership with our wholesale power provider, Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative (NIPCO).

“Generation facilities such as Oahe Dam and Powerhouse and Antelope Valley Station, of which both serve as destinations on the annual Energy Trail Tour, remain closed to the public for the foreseeable future," stated NIPCO’s tour coordinator Angela Catton. "The decision to cancel the July tours ensures the ongoing health and safety of tour participants as well as employees of the power plants that work in them."

Energy Trail Tours give cooperative member-owners a first-hand opportunity to learn from those directly involved with the process of power generation and delivery. Catton added, "Participants of the tours build lasting friendships with other members of our cooperative family through shared experiences and personal interaction over the course of travelling, together, on a motorcoach for three days.”

Plans are underway for 2022 with more information to be shared with our membership in January. Energy Trail Tours remain a popular, member-engagement activity for North West REC. If you have any questions, feel free to call our office at 712-7070-4935.


ATTENTION: 2020 Energy Trail Tour Response to Covid-19

April 28, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution and with the health and safety of member-owners in mind, the 2020 Energy Trail Tours have been cancelled. North West REC offers two tour opportunities, each summer, in partnership with our wholesale power provider, Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative (NIPCO).

"NIPCO's electric generation facility partners have closed their facilities to mitigate operational impacts resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic. Plans to re-open those facilities remain uncertain for the foreseeable future," stated tour coordinator Angela Catton. "The decision to cancel the July tours ensures the health and safety of tour participants as well as employees of the power plants that interact with them."

Energy Trail Tours give cooperative member-owners a first-hand opportunity to learn from those directly involved with the process of power generation and delivery. Catton added, "What makes the tour experience so compelling is that participants learn and laugh, together. Tour groups build lasting friendships with other members of our cooperative family through shared experiences and personal interaction. While difficult to make, the decision to cancel the tours was the prudent thing to do in response to state and federal public health officials’ recommendations surrounding social distancing guidelines and interstate travel in slowing the spread of the virus."

Plans are underway for 2021 with more information being shared with our membership in January. Energy Trail Tours remain a popular, member-engagement activity for North West REC. If you have any questions, feel free to call our office.