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North West Rural Electric Cooperative (NWREC) member-owners will travel to the Dakotas this summer on three Energy Trail Tours, offered through NWREC and its wholesale power provider, Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative (NIPCO).

The tours, scheduled for June 28-30, July 12-14, and July 26-28, provide member-owners a personal journey to learn about electric generation and meet the people responsible for providing the electric power that is delivered to their homes, farms, and businesses in western Iowa. Tours help to showcase, first-hand, the value of an electric generation portfolio that includes coal as a part of America's energy mix. Three days of experiencing the passion, innovation, and dedication of NWREC's power providers shapes member perceptions of how electricity is generated in a carbon-constrained world.

Tours will showcase electric generation facilities including hydro, coal-fired and wind and will also educate participants on the benefits of carbon capture and the land stewardship efforts at Coteau Properties' Freedom Mine.

In addition to the tours of the facilities, members will learn about rural electric cooperative history; gain a new understanding and pride in cooperative ownership; and engage with other fellow member-owners across western Iowa in a fun three-day adventure across the upper Midwest.

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. There will be no restrictions and no mask mandate. If you do not feel comfortable taking this trip due to COVID or other health concerns, please refrain from signing up or consider waiting until next years tour to sign up.

Click here for the: Bus Tour Form please fill it out and return it to the office.