Eleven Harrison County Rural Electric Cooperative (HCREC) member-owners traveled to the Dakotas this summer on two Energy Trail Tours, offered through the cooperative and its wholesale power provider, Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative (NIPCO).
The tours, scheduled for July 13-15 and August 3-5, provided 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 HCREC's power providers shapes member perceptions of how electricity is generated in a carbon-constrained world.
The 2016 tours showcased electric generation facilities including hydro, coal-fired and wind and also educated 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 learned about rural electric cooperative history; gained a new understanding and pride in cooperative ownership; and engaged with other fellow member-owners across western Iowa in a fun three-day adventure across the upper Midwest.
Information on the 2017 Energy Trail Tours will be included in a spring edition of your monthly cooperative newsletter.