About Clearwater Power
Clearwater Power is a member-owned rural electric cooperative. Founded in 1937, we serve 11 counties throughout Idaho, Washington and Oregon on a not-for-profit basis.
As a member of Clearwater Power:
- Your electric cooperative is owned by the people it serves and is operated locally
- You have a voice in democratic elections for your board of directors
- You earn equity in the cooperative in the form of patronage capital
- We provide carbon-free power to our members purchased through Bonneville Power Administration
- Electric rates are based on a not-for-profit business model
- You have access to energy-efficiency rebates
Membership & Service Territory Statistics (as of 1/1/2019):
- Members: 8,400
- Meters: 10,660
- Poles: 42,100
- Miles of Line: 2,909
- Accounts per Mile of Line: 3.64
- Acres of Right-of-Way: Over 10,000
- Total Capital Credit Refunds: Over $11 Million
Where does our electricity come from?
Clearwater Power is a distribution cooperative. We are able to pool our purchasing power with several other northwest utilities through PNGC Power. Our source of wholesale electricity is Bonneville Power Administration.
Fuel mix disclosure:
Clearwater Power Company serves 11 counties in 3 states Service Area Map
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A Brief History of Clearwater Power
In the 1920s and 30s, American cities were lighting up with electricity. But farms and rural areas were getting left behind. Investor-owned utilities didn't see any profit in delivering power to small towns and farms, so, most of the nation's farms were left without power.
In 1936, Kenneth Summers (manager at the Lenore Grain and Seed Grower's Co-op), set out to bring electricity to his home town of Lenore, Idaho. The nearest power line was miles away and despite repeated requests to the local electric utility, no reasonable agreement could be reached. Mr. Summers, along with R.H. Wallace of Lapwai and L.P. Teats of Reubens, took matters into their own hands and petitioned the Federal Rural Electrification Administration (REA) to support them in forming their own electric cooperative. By April of 1937, Clearwater Valley Light and Power was born.
Over the following decades, they did what they set out to do - bring needed electricity from distant points to their neighbors and friends, to places where nobody else wanted to go. Clearwater Power has brought power to 10,000 homes and businesses stretching from St. Maries, Idaho to Troy, Oregon; and from Garfield, Washington to Weippe, Idaho. Building over 2,800 miles of line in some of the nation's most rugged terrain, on behalf of sometimes only 3 customers per mile of expensive line, was hard and took a commitment only a neighbor-owned cooperative was willing to provide. We are proud to say that the cooperative spirit lives on today.