Guthrie County REC receives power from Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO). In operation since 1946, CIPCO is Iowa's largest cooperative energy provider and generates and transmits electricity to 13 member-owned electric cooperatives and associations. These cooperatives distribute the power to nearly 300,000 member-owners located in 58 of Iowa's 99 counties.


Western Area Power Administration


Louisa Generating Station, Muscatine


Elk Wind Farm, Greeley


Walter Scott, Jr. Energy Center #3 & #4, Council Bluffs


Hawkeye Wind Farm, Hawkeye


Linn County Solid Waste Agency, Marion


Rippey Wind Farm, Grand Junction


Solar Sites: Osceola, Pella, Marshalltown, Urbana, Wilton and Corning


Pioneer Grove Wind Farm, Mechanicsville


Heartland Divide Wind Energy Center, Audubon


HZ Wind, Nevada


Wapello Solar, Wapello


Summit Lake, Creston


Independence Wind Energy, Ryan
  • CIPCO’s purchase power agreement for Wapello Solar LLC locks in stable, long-term pricing and avoids the risks associated with rising fuel costs. Renewable energy certificates (RECs) are not included in this agreement.

  • CIPCO invests in the development of renewable energy projects in several ways. We operate six small-scale solar arrays near communities we serve and retain the renewable energy certificates associated with each. We also contract with energy producers for the electricity output from wind, hydro, and methane gas from a landfill (converted into electricity). CIPCO cannot claim these resources as renewable within our supply portfolio as we have either sold to third parties or do not receive the renewable attributes associated with the electricity produced from these renewable power sources. By selling these attributes (RECs), we not only support other organizations in meeting their renewable energy goals, we also generate revenue to help us lower our wholesale power rate to our 12 Member-owner distribution cooperatives and 15 municipalities.

  • A percentage of market purchases exist within the portfolio to meet additional supply needs not covered by existing contracts or CIPCO-produced generation. Weather volatility and unplanned operational events at power plants may also impact market purchases.


As a state-of-the-art energy provider, CIPCO's balanced portfolio is comprised of a diverse fuel mix including coal, solar, hydro, wind, landfill gas generation, natural gas, and oil energy resources. To learn more about CIPCO go to this link.