White River Electric is a consumer owned, non profit electric distribution cooperative. White River serves Eastern Rio Blanco County, including the Town of Meeker and the Piceance Creek Basin, portions of Northern Garfield County and Southern Moffat County. White River Electric headquarters are located in Meeker, Colorado.


WREA offices are open for your convenience from 7:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday (except holidays).

The office will be closed in accordance with following holiday schedule:

  • November 27-28, 2014
  • December 25-26, 2014
  • January 1-2, 2015


The WREA Board of Director's held a special meeting on December 17, 2014, for the purpose of reviewing and appointing a director to fill the WREA board seat vacancy for the Town of Meeker district.  The WREA Board reviewed seven letters of interest and selected Richard Welle.  Mr. Welle's appointment will become effective at the WREA January board meeting scheduled for January 21, 2015.


On November 19, 2014, the White River Electric Association, Inc., Board of Directors approved rate decreases for all rate classes effective January 1, 2015. Please see the complete WREA 2015 Rate Schedule listed below for additional details and information. WREA worked diligently to reach a successful resolution in its rate complaint case with its wholesale power supplier, Tri State Generation and Transmission, at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. This success gave WREA an opportunity to reduce its retail rates while maintaining a strong financial position for the company. The average WREA member will receive a 3% decrease. This rate decrease will save an average residential customer $32.00 per year. The WREA Board and management recognize that electric rates are a consistent part of everyone’s budget. White River Electric hopes this rate decrease and savings will help everyone’s bottom line. Please call WREA or stop by the headquarters with any comments or questions.

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'Tis the Season....

Tis the season to show your generosity and spread good cheer.  WREA has developed a new program to allow consumers to "Pay it forward" by giving the Gift of Light this holiday season.  By simply coming into the WREA office, or clipping the certificate from the Rio Blanco Herald Times, you can GIFT a payment toward another consumer's electric bill. You choose the amount and the recipent and we'll mail a certificate of acknowledgement for your generosity!  It's a great gift idea for those who have everything!  



If your preference is to help those in need, and you don't have a specific person in mind, consider visiting www.EnergyOutreach.org where you can make the contribution of your choosing.  Energy Outreach Colorado is a non-profit organization that raises money to help families pay energy bills and avoid disconnected services.  Energy Outreach Colorado relies on private donations, grants and corporate funding to survive.  WREA is a a proud participant in this effort.  

Colorado Country Life ~ December, 2014

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WREA Successful in Resolution to Rate Complaint Case with Tri State

White River Electric reached a successful resolution to its wholesale rate complaint case with its power supplier, Tri State Generation and Transmission Association (“Tri State”). The WREA and Tri State Board approved settlement will result in a direct benefit to all of the WREA member consumers. This settlement resolves a two-year challenge to Tri State’s rate design that went into effect January 1, 2013. In March 2013, WREA filed a compliant against Tri State at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission challenging the legality of Tri State’s new wholesale rate design. Tri State’s wholesale rate design dramatically increased WREA’s cost of wholesale power and impacted all of WREA’s rate classes. WREA’s complaint withstood jurisdictional and other challenges from Tri State. The case was set for a weeklong trial beginning November 3, 2014. WREA was able to negotiate a successful settlement in the days leading up to the hearing date. The Preliminary Settlement Agreement vacated the hearing, established a new wholesale rate design for 2015, and, in the long run, allows WREA to maximize Tri State’s Products and Services to the benefit of the WREA membership. WREA’s General Manager, Alan J. Michalewicz said, “it has been a long process that required perseverance and hard work. Fortunately, it was all worth it. Our Board’s leadership and determination was essential in our success.” Michalewicz also praised the hard work of his staff and predecessor Dick Welle, “clearly it was a team effort. White River has a great group of folks who were willing to fight for the best interest of the company and our members.” Michalewicz also recognized Tri State’s efforts in this case, “White River believes that the positive resolution of this case will make for a stronger Tri State into the future.” “WREA began this case based upon principles related to the wholesale rate design and those principles guided us to a successful resolution. In the end it’s pretty simple, it is our job to work every day for the benefit of our membership. We are happy we were able to achieve this success together with our members.” Michalewicz also stated that WREA is in the process of analyzing budgets and rates for 2015, but he remains optimistic that this settlement will have a significant financial benefit to WREA and its member consumers. Michalewicz said that the 2015 rates will be finalized by the end of November with notice to our membership in December. 

Colorado Country Life ~ November, 2014

November Colorado Country Life


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White River Electric is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative. Touchstone Energy is a national alliance of local consumer-owned electric cooperatives.