Golden State Power Cooperative has three classes of associate members. Class B Associate Members are electric distribution utilities headquartered in California, but are not necessarily structured as electric cooperatives. Class C Associate Members are electric distribution utilities that are not headquartered in California, and may or may not be electric cooperatives. Golden State Power Cooperative also collaborates with many types of entities that offer goods and services to benefit Golden State members, and are Class D Associate Members. We appreciate the cooperation of our Associate Members and their support of Golden State Power Cooperative.
Class B Associate Member
- Trinity Public Utility District
Class C Associate Member
- Valley Electric Association
Class D Associate Members
- General Pacific
Trinity Public Utility District
Trinity Public Utilities District was established in 1981 after a group of local citizens organized a committee and raised money to buy the electric distribution system of a small investor-owned utility, CP National, in the Weaverville basin in 1982. CP National had some of the highest rates in California, which had contributed to the closure of the lumber mill in Weaverville. The idea of forming a local utility was part of the effort to reopen Weaverville’s lumber mill. TPUD was able to access a federal hydropower allocation from the Western Area Power Administration and begin service to the Weaverville area in 1982. The low rates enabled by this federal hydropower allocation allowed the local mill to reopen with rates that were less than half of the previous investor-owned rates.
TPUD’s service area is 2126 square miles and serves approximately 7,350 metered customers from 9 substations over rugged mountainous terrain. TPUD owns 3 snow cats in addition to traditional line maintenance equipment and can be severely impacted by winter storms. In more recent years, TPUD has been impacted regularly by forest fires.
100% of the power TPUD distributes to customers comes from California’s Central Valley Project. Their federal hydropower allocation is the result of an entitlement created as part of the 1955 Trinity River Division Act that enabled the creation and construction of the Trinity River Division of the Central Valley Project. TPUD is entitled to 25% of the hydropower that is produced as a result of diverting Trinity River water to the Sacramento River for irrigation purposes. Currently, TPUD is utilizing less than 1/3 of the hydropower allocation that is available to them.
As a result of receiving 100% carbon-free power, TPUD is legislatively compliant with California’s renewable portfolio standard. This low-cost, carbon-free resource is a significant asset to a county that ranks among the poorest in California.
Paul Hauser is the General Manager and Clarence Rose is the President of the Board of Directors.
Visit trinitypud.com for more information.
Valley Electric Association
Valley Electric Association (VEA), headquartered in Pahrump, Nevada, serves 6,800 square miles of service territory, located mainly along the California-Nevada border. VEA provides electric service to over 17,000 members and a total of 22,000 meters in Nevada, and approximately 40 meters in Mono and Inyo Counties in California.
Although the VEA service territory is now becoming more suburbanized, mainly in the fast-growing community of Pahrump, it was farmers who initially organized and formed the co-op in 1963 and incorporated it in 1965. VEA still serves substantial irrigation power loads, but residential members are the co-op’s biggest single consumer group.
VEA provides innovative programs to its members and is also a long distance phone service provider. In 2009, VEA launched the largest domestic solar water heating program in the United States. In 2011, VEA formed Valley Electric Transmission Association, LLC (VETA), a wholly owned subsidiary, which owns and operates the growing transmission assets previously held by VEA. In 2013, VEA became the newest transmission owner to join the California Independent System Operator Corporation (CAISO). The new cross-state partnership highlights the value of regional collaboration in greening the grid, creating jobs and benefiting ratepayers across the region.
Visit vea.coop for more information.
General Pacific, Inc.
General Pacific, or GenPac, is one of the leading wholesale stocking distributors in the Northwest region of the United States. GenPac has served the Electrical Utility, Water Utility and Contractor markets since 1965. General Pacific has built long lasting relationships with customers by providing them with quality products and value added services.
Visit generalpacific.com for more information.
National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative
The National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) supports over 1,500 utilities by delivering smart grid, broadband and video solutions that promote economic development and improve the quality of life in rural America.
Visit nrtc.coop for more information.
Northwest Public Power Association
The mission of Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA) is to enhance the success of its members through education, training, timely communication, governmental and regulatory relations, and other value added services. NWPPA is an international Association representing 150 public power consumer-owned, locally controlled utilities in the Western US and Canada with approximately 300 associate members who provide goods and services to NWPPA public power members.
Visit www.nwppa.org for more information.
Ruralite Services, Inc.
Ruralite provides media services to each electric cooperative in California. Ruralite magazine reaches more than 300,000 homes monthly through 47 zoned editions covering Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, California and Montana. Currents magazine—which is published 6 times per year—covers Arizona and reaches nearly 44,000 additional readers. Each member-utility receives a custom version of the magazine, enabling them to use the magazine to communicate with their members about important issues and promote programs specific to their utility.
Visit ruralite.org for more information.
Brown & Kysar, Inc.
BKI provides hands-on engineering, permitting, and planning solutions to small and mid-sized consumer-owned utilities in the West, to benefit their public power partners and the communities they serve.
Visit bki.cc for more information.