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Lineman Awarded Fire Fighter of the Year Award

One of Southwest Iowa REC’s linemen, Les Helvie, was awarded the Fire Fighter of the Year award from the Corning Volunteer Fire Department.  Les serves as First Assistant Chief on the department.  One of the Seven Cooperative Principals is Concern for Community.  We congratulate Les on his honorable award and thank him for his commitment to the community!


2018 Washington D.C. Youth Tour Trip

Southwest Iowa REC is excited to announce its participation in the national Washington, D.C. Youth Tour program again this year! 

The Washington D.C. Youth Tour will take this place June 8-14, 2018.  For more information on the expense-paid trip visit for more details!

Scholarships Available!

We will be awarding twelve $500 scholarships.  We also have two $1000 scholarships that will be given to students attending an Accredited Lineman School or other electrical trades program.  

Click HERE to learn more.

Happy Thanksgiving! OFFICES CLOSED

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  Our offices will be closed Thursday, November 23rd & Friday, November 24th.

We hope you have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving!


Southwest Iowa Solar Farm

Southwest Iowa Solar Farm is located outside of Corning, Iowa along Highway 34.
Utility-scale solar provides reliable, clean electricity generation and compliments CIPCO’s existing renewable energy generation portfolio.  At a generation cost significantly below that of residential-scale solar, the new facility will provide CIPCO with additional resources for distributing electricity to our members throughout the state.

Southwest Iowa REC Observing National Co-op Month in October

Southwest Iowa REC is joining 30,000 cooperatives nationwide in October to celebrate National Co-op Month, which recognizes the many ways cooperatives are committed to strengthening the local communities they serve. “Co-ops Commit” is the theme for this year’s celebration, spotlighting the countless ways cooperatives meet the needs of their members and communities.

Move Over Slow Down

The Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives (IAEC) represents the interests of not-for-profit electric cooperatives in the state, including 35 distribution co-ops and 7 generation and transmission co-ops. Owned by the members they serve, Iowa’s electric cooperatives power the lives of 650,000 Iowans throughout all 99 counties and are committed to delivering power that is safe, reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible.

Offices Closed for Memorial Day - May 29, 2017

Southwest Iowa REC offices at all three locations - Corning, Mount Ayr, and Stanton will be closed Monday, May 29, 2017 in observance of Memorial Day.

System Reliability - Top Priority for Southwest Iowa REC

Southwest Iowa REC crews recently completed a new tie line construction project near Lake Icaria.  This project involved the construction of a half mile of new overhead line and a half mile of new underground line to provide system reliability in that area and for expected future load growth.  This project is part of the Cooperative’s new $11.15 million construction work plan that was recently developed and approved for the years 2017-2020.

Iowa RECs Advocate for Co-op Member-Owners in Washington, D.C.

More than 35 representatives from dozens of Iowa’s not-for-profit electric cooperatives, recently returned from a successful trip to the nation’s capital. While in Washington, D.C., the advocates attended high-level briefings on key issues impacting the electric industry and met with Iowa’s Congressional Delegation to discuss priorities. While many issues were discussed, Iowa’s electric co-ops focused on the President’s budget proposal, the Farm Bill reauthorization, and geothermal tax credits.


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