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Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative Service Territory Map

Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative's mission is to provide reliable, competitively-priced energy and other valuable service to benefit our members, our customers and the communities we serve.

We are owned by the members we serve. We serve approximately 12,700 farms, homes, businesses and industries in northwest Iowa - the heart of America's breadbasket.

Office and Service Center Locations
Our headquarters is located in Estherville, Iowa. We have six service centers, throughout our service territory, located in Estherville, Swea City, Emmetsburg, Pocahontas, Alta and Spencer.   

The Power that Supplies the Heartland
Hydro-electric dams along the Missouri River produce low-cost electricity; and coal-fired plants, like the Neal #4 Generation Station by Sioux City, Iowa, are fueled by low-sulfur western lignite. Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative draws power across nearly 4,900 miles of line...nourishing approximately 12,788 services in place with nearly 648 million kilowatt-hour sales.

Renewable Energy
We own 14 - 1.5 megawatt G.E. turbines serving Green Plains Renewable Energy (GPRE) near Superior, Iowa, and seven turbines service Global Ethanol near Lakota, Iowa. The turbines began generating electricity in March 2009.

We constructed a 140-kW/AC, ground-mount solar system located beside ILEC's headquarters. The panels began generating electricity on Oct. 3, 2016.

Generation and Transmissions Cooperatives
We purchase wholesale electricity from generation and transmission cooperatives - Corn Belt Power Cooperative in Humboldt, Iowa and Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative in Le Mars, Iowa.

Cooperative Stats

  • 62 full- and part-time employees
  • 14-person board of directors
  • 12,788 accounts
  • 4,830 miles of distribution lines
  • 648 million kilowatt-hours sold
  • $161 million in total utility plant (includes our two wind turbines)

The consolidation of Iowa's Buena Vista County REC, Pocahontas County REC, and D.E.K. REC in 1986 and the merger of Cherokee County REC in 1989 to form Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative has created a challenge by change and has succeeded with strength.