Our Mission: Mountain Parks Electric delivers safe, reliable, cost-effective, sustainable energy and services to better the lives of our members and communities.
Our Vision: To be the energy provider of choice and to support the communities we serve while realizing the full potential of the grid.
2023 Annual Meeting: Saturday, May 13, 9:15 AM at Middle Park High School, 795 North 2nd Street in Granby, Colorado.
In the 1940s, North Park residents – north of Kremmling and along Highway 40 – grew tired of living without the benefits of electricity. Convinced there was no profitability in providing rural people with electricity,investor-owned power companies (IOUs) were unwilling to invest the capital needed to extend power lines into the rural United States.
Undeterred by IOU rejection, Jackson County residents established North Park Rural Electric Association (NPREA), a consumer-owned electric cooperative, on October 16, 1946. With the help of the Rural Electrification Administration (REA, also known as Rural Utilities Service), NPREA obtained federal loans to construct power lines, bringing electricity to North Central Colorado. Area residents' lives were changed forever (see Electricity: Before & After)
NPREA’s first power lines were energized in 1950. Between 1953 and 1959, NPREA purchased several area power companies including Granby's Mountain Utilities Corporation and municipals in Grand Lake and Kremmling. When the headquarters moved from Walden to Granby (in 1953), NPREA changed its name to Mountain Parks Electric (MPE), reflecting its main service territory: North Park and Middle Park. At that time, MPE employed an 11-person line crew and an office staff of seven to service 3,860 meters.
To help power the 21st century, MPE – your Touchstone Energy® (link is external) cooperative – is committed to providing large and small customers with state-of-the-art technology and personalized service at affordable rates. We've built a reputation of integrity, accountability, innovation and community commitment and join together with over 700 other national cooperatives under the Touchstone Energy® partnership to maintain high standards of service and cooperative principles.
If you need to speak with a member of our staff, please call (970) 887-3378.
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For most of us, it's a foreign concept: imaging life without electricity. Some people still remember those days 70-plus years ago and are grateful for what many of us take for granted. Edna Ruske wrote about it in the following letter to MPE, dated November 9, 1956:
There was a time when I cleaned and filled kerosene lamps each day; when I carried water from the stream up the steep little hillside to the house; when I heated water on a wood stove and washed over a board - and laboriously tended the heavy irons in the same manner. When I placed perishables in a little wire cage outside a north window and hung my meat in the garage - striving (vainly at times) to keep things from freezing too hard or from spoiling in the heat. When, in my craft work, I sewed and polished by hand - when I slept under a pile of heavy quilts and blankets, on those 50-degree below nights which left me as weary each morning as I had been when I went to bed.
For the brilliant light which comes at the touch of my finger - for the water which flows at my command (hot or cold), for all the wonder-working appliances which ease my day, for the soft, light blanket which keeps me toasty, warm in any temperature - for these- and oh so many things I THANK YOU! Not only this time of year, but every day of the every year - I say it gratefully and I remember 'the good old days' when there was no electricity to lighten and brighten my world.
Today, MPE focuses on providing:
- reliable, affordable and increasingly renewable electricity
- 99.9 percent reliable power supply
- best-in-class customer service
- member-consumers with energy efficiency opportunities
- smart management of the grid to reduce power costs
- scholarships and education opportunities for local students (using unclaimed capital credits, not rate base charges)
- community support
Once the centerpiece of MPE's winter power restoration fleet, on special occasions, we still fire up our 1956 Tucker Sno-Cat.
MPE INFO & STATS
In 1946 in Walden, Colorado.
All of Grand and Jackson Counties & parts of Larimer, Routt and Summit Counties. Approximately 4,000 square miles.
Our commercial-scale local renewable generation includes:
- Granby Dam Hydro (5 million kWh/year - enough to power ~600 homes
- 1 MW Tom Sifers Solar (Fraser) - enough to power ~300 homes
- 1 MW Whiskey Hill Solar (Walden) - enough to power ~300 homes
- More than 250 local net-metered projects: generating ~3.5 million kWh/year
Since 2011, MPE has rebated more than $300,000 to local renewable projects through its Green Power Program.