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Northwest Irrigation Utilities

Northwest Irrigation Utilities, Inc. (NIU) was formed in 1985, as a non- profit corporation.  NIU is a trade association of rural electric utilities that rely upon the Bonneville Power Administration as their primary or exclusive provider of power and transmission services.  NIU represents the interests of its members that have significant agriculturally based electrical loads, thereby allowing these utilities to remain competitive by providing affordable and attractive wholesale rates for electricity from BPA. The 19 members are located in Idaho, eastern Oregon, eastern Washington, northern California, Western Montana, and Nevada. 

Mission Statement

  • NIU shall represent the interests of its members that have significant agriculturally based electrical loads to allow them to remain viable and offer competitive rates to their customers by:

  • Identifying the lowest cost, dependable and predictably priced power supply to serve irrigation loads;

  • Preserving access to the transmission and delivery of power that is economically priced to lower density systems;

  • Serving as an advocate for members in dealing with their primary power supplier to achieve adequate supply, rates and services that promote stability; and

  • Supporting BPA efforts to remain our competitive power supplier of choice.



Rollie Miller, President
Vigilante Electric Coop
225 E. Bannack St.
Dillon, MT 59725


Jo Elg, Vice President
United Electric Cooperative Inc.
1330 21st St.
Heyburn, ID 83336

Jeff Davis, Secretary
Wasco Electric Coop
PO Box 1700
The Dalles, OR 97058


Mike Bradshaw
Benton REA
PO Box 1150
Prosser, WA 99350
Yvette M. Armstrong
Big Bend Electric Coop
1373 N. Hwy. 261
Ritzville, WA 99169
Thomas Wolff
Columbia Basin Electric Coop
PO Box 398
Heppner, OR 97836
Troy Cox
Columbia Power Coop
PO Box 97
Monument, OR  97864

Scott Peters
Columbia REA
PO Box 46
Dayton, WA 99328

Fred Flippence
Harney Electric Coop
277 Lottery Lane
Hines, OR 97738

Gale Rettkowski
Inland Power & Light
PO Box 4429

Spokane, WA

 Jim Smith
Klickitat County PUD
1313 S. Columbus
Goldendale, WA 98620

Bo Betzer
Lost River Electric
P.O. Box 420
305 Pine Street
Mackay, Idaho 83251-0420

Dave Schneider
Midstate Electric Coop
PO Box 127
La Pine, OR 97739

Joe Lukas
Mission Valley Power
36079 Pablo West Rd.
Pablo, MT 59855

Dan Simpson
Nespelem Valley Electric Coop
1009 F. St.

Nespelem, WA 99155

Les Penning
Oregon Trail Electric Coop
4005 23rd Street
Baker City, OR 97814

Barbara Andersen
South Side Electric Coop
74 N. Clark, Hwy. 77
Declo, ID 83323

Brad Kresge
Surprise Valley Electric
PO Box 691
Alturas, CA 96101

Clay Fitch
Wells Rural Electric Coop
PO Box 365
Wells, NV 89835


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