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).

Lineman Appreciation Day- 4-13-15

photo courtesy of Paul Turner

On April 13, 2015, White River Electric celebrates, and says "Thank you", to the lineman who are our unsung heros.  They are the core of our cooperative and their dedication and commitment to this community does not go unnoticed.  To the WREA lineman, thank you today and everyday for your service and desire for excellence.

WREA Supports the Passage of SB 15-046

White River Electric applauds the Colorado House of Representatives’ passage of Senate Bill 15-046. On March 30, 2015 the House voted 65-0 in favor of the bill. The bill will now go to Governor John Hickenlooper (D) for his signature. SB 15-046 addresses the “retail distributed generation (DG)” requirement contained in SB 13-252, which increased renewable resource requirement for electric co-ops two years ago. SB 13-252 requires electric co-ops to derive at least 0.5 percent of their sales from renewable energy sources that are located on the customer side of the electric meter by 2020.  The change in SB 15-046 allows electric cooperatives to exclude industrial sales from the total sales subject to the 0.5 percent retail DG requirement. In addition, SB 15-046 allows electric co-ops to count the output from community solar gardens as retail DG. These provisions in the bill put rural electric cooperatives on equal footing with investor owned utilities. White River Electric, along with CREA, the trade association for Colorado’s 22 electric cooperatives, worked for months to promote these practical additions to SB 13-252. WREA’s General Manager, Alan Michalewicz said, “this is a big win for the reasonable and responsible inclusion of integrated renewable energy resources into our system.” Michalewicz went on to state, “WREA supports renewable energy resources that do not create an undue burden on our rate base. It is great to see the Colorado General Assembly coming together to amend SB 13-252 for the benefit of renewable energy and our membership.”


Rebate Program Reaps Savings in Electric Co-op Region

NEWS FROM THE CREA INNOVATIONS NEWSLETTER: Meeker-based White River Electric Association is seeing more members get involved in its rebate program. The electric co-op recently adopted the rebate program in conjunction with its wholesale electric power supplier, Tri-State Generation and Transmission, to encourage members who upgrade everyday appliances in their home or business to appliances with an Energy Star rating. Refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, washers and water heaters all qualify for a rebate. Qualifying LED bulb purchases may be rebated up to $10 per bulb. Savings add up when its members take advantage of available energy efficiency programs through the electric co-op.


For rebate forms, visit the Products & Services tab above or call 970-878-5041 to visit about available rebates.

Colorado County Life Magazine ~ April, 2015

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White River Electric Committed to Support & Promote Meeker

White River Electric Association successfully obtained matching donation grants to assist the Meeker School District, Pioneers Healthcare Foundation and the Rio Blanco Historical Society. White River Electric’s goal is to support and promote growth in our community.  With the support of its wholesale power company, Tri-State Generation and Transmission, and using matching funds from Basin Electric Power Cooperative, WREA donated a total of $26,800 to these three entities in early 2015.  The matching funds program allows the WREA board to make discretionary donations to help meet the needs of the rural community to promote growth and stability for rural members of WREA.  WREA is grateful for the support of Tri-State G&T and Basin Electric that helped make such a generous donation possible. 

WREA Board President, Bill Jordan and WREA General Manager, Alan Michalewicz presented Barone Middle School Principal Jim Hanks and student Brandon Lozano with $8,000 for the Chromebooks initative.
 WREA Board President, Bill Jordan (left) and General Manager, Alan Michalewicz (far right) presented $10,000 to hospital CEO, Ken Harman and Dr. Kellie Turner.
Ellene Meece, accepts a $4,400 donation match on behalf of the Coal Creek School Restoration Project from WREA Board President, Bill Jordan and General Manager, Alan Michalewicz. A total of $8,800 was gifted to the project.

Internship Opportunties for College Students

Where to Start?

An internship allows students and recent graduates an opportunity to get some “real world” experience in virtually any type of organization. Internships come in every variety, from paid to unpaid, and can last from six weeks to eighteen months. Some provide college credit, some do not. A Washington, D.C. internship can be fun and can open several doors in your career, political or otherwise.

Virtually every industry and trade association lobbies the Congress on issues important to their organization. If you are interested in science, engineering, environment or energy, there are organizations here that fit your interest. You don’t have to be a “political geek” to intern in Washington.

Your experience as a Youth Tour participant or member of the NRECA Youth Leadership Council may have sparked an interest in pursuing an internship in Washington. In fact, a number of former Youth Tour participants have found their way back to the nation’s capital as interns, congressional staffers and even as a United States Senator. Remember, sometimes who you know can be as important as what you know.

There are a number of internships in Washington, D.C. for you to explore, but don’t wait until the last minute to apply. Plan your internship at least six-months to a year in advance. Below, we have listed a few of the many Washington internship possibilities:


To access a list of paid internships offered by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, click the link below:


Save the Date ~

The White River Electric Annual Meeting of the Membership and Board of Director election will be held on Wednesday, September 9, 2015, beginning at 11:30 a.m.  A complimentary lunch will be served beginning at 11:00.  Mark your calendars and we hope to see you there!

Colorado Country Life ~ March, 2015

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WREA Scholarships Awarded for 2015

The White River Electric Board of Directors awarded 11 scholarships to upcoming graduating seniors within the WREA service territory.  Names of the 2015 winners will be listed in the coming weeks.  Stand by.....



The following scholarships will be awarded:

  • Five -$500/renewable- sponsored by White River Electric Association
  • One- $1,000/one-time- sponsored by Basin Electric Power Cooperative
  • Two- $500/one-time- sponsored by Tri-State G&T Cooperative
  • Three- $500/one-time- sponsored by White River Electric Association


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