United Power marks 75 years of delivering consumer-owned power

United Power’s Troy Whitmore and Heidi Storz provided a historical presentation at the co-op’s 75th anniversary annual meeting before a group of approximately 700 guests on April 16, at the Adams County Fairground’s Waymire Dome.

United Power’s Troy Whitmore and Heidi Storz provided a historical presentation at the co-op’s 75th anniversary annual meeting before a group of approximately 700 guests on April 16, at the Adams County Fairground’s Waymire Dome.

From its humble beginnings in 1938 when it was first formed under the name Union Rural Electric Association to serve the farms and ranches of Colorado’s northern Front Range, Brighton, Colo.-based United Power has grown to become the state’s second largest (in terms of consumers served) electric co-op in the state with nearly 72,000 member-consumers on its distribution lines.

United Power recently (April 16) celebrated its “Powerful Past and Bright Future” at its 75th annual meeting and anniversary celebration held at the Adams County Fairgrounds. The event attracted nearly 1,000 guests, who were treated to a barbecue dinner, as well as the opportunity to visit informational exhibit booths and enjoy an evening of live entertainment provided by guitarist Dave Connelly.

Unlike some of Tri-State’s member systems, United Power has recorded significant growth during the past several years, owing in large part to a resurgence in residential housing construction across its service territory as well as a boom in energy exploration and development. In just the past year, the co-op has added 1,800 new electric accounts to its membership.

Today, United Power electrically serves all or portions of Colorado’s Adams, Broomfield, Weld, Jefferson, Boulder and Gilpin counties. It also holds 16 municipal franchise agreements with communities across the northern Front Range. The co-op employs 161 people and provides electric service to 71,821 meters over 5,738 miles of distribution line.

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