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. Our cooperative 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 motor coach 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 our co-op. If you have any questions, feel free to call our office.