Gunnison County Electric Association (GCEA) is a non-profit, member-owned rural electric cooperative. It was established on September 21, 1938 by a group of local ranchers who wanted to bring electricity to the Gunnison Valley. The first lines were energized on December 6, 1941.
Because GCEA customers are both members and owners of the cooperative, they are entitled to rights and responsibilities not available to investor-owned utility or municipal utility customers. GCEA, like all other rural electric cooperatives, adheres to the Seven Cooperative Principles. Click here to learn more about the Seven Cooperative Principles.
Operating margins (or profits), including patronage capital received from other affiliated organizations such as Tri-State Generation & Transmission, GCEA's power supplier, are allocated to members as capital credits, based on a percentage of their annual billing. The capital is credited to an account in each member's name for every year that it is accumulated. Cash is actually paid out to retire assigned capital credits based on the financial strength of the cooperative.
Members have a voice in the operation of the cooperative through locally elected board representatives, attending monthly board meetings, direct visits with the Chief Executive Officer and staff, and attendance at the Annual Meeting held every June. For more information on our Board of Directors and the districts they cover, please click here to visit our Board of Directors page. You may also make a request for board action on that page.
GCEA's service boundaries encompass portions of Gunnison, Hinsdale, and Saguache counties serving approximately 11,000 consumer-owners on 1,094.32 miles of distribution line made up of 461.37 miles of overhead line and 632.95 miles of underground cable. GCEA has the second-highest percentage of underground lines of the 22 rural electric cooperatives in Colorado.
Distribution lines are fed from 1 of 4 substations; either from the Lake City Substation, the Skito Substation, the Alkali Substation, or the Crested Butte Substation.
GCEA gets its electricity from Tri-State Generation & Transmission, a wholesale power supplier owned by the 45 members it serves, including 42 electric cooperatives. Tri-State's service territory covers portions of Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Wyoming.
GCEA Service Territory with Board of Director Districts
Tri-State Service Territory & Generation Map
1. Headquarters and Operations Center Westminster, CO
2. Craig Station Craig, CO
3. Burlington Station Burlington, CO
4. J.M. Shafer Generating Station Fort Lupton, CO
5. Limon Generating Station Limon, CO
6. Frank R. Knutson Generating Station Brighton, CO
7. Rifle Generating Station Rifle, CO
8. Laramie River Station Wheatland, WY
9. Pyramid Generating Station Lordsburg, NM
10. David A. Hamil DC Tie Stegall, NE
11. Springerville Generating Station Springerville, AZ
12. Colowyo Mine Meeker, CO
13. New Horizon Mine Nucla, CO
14. Cimarron Solar Colfax County, NM
15. Kit Carson Windpower Kit Carson County, CO
16. Colorado Highlands Wind Logan County, CO
17. Carousel Wind Kit Carson County, CO
18. San Isabel Solar Las Animas, CO
19. Alta Luna Solar Luna County, NM
20. Twin Buttes II Wind Prowers County, CO
21. Crossing Trails Wind Kit Carson & Cheyenne Counties, CO
Upcoming renewables projects
22. Spanish Peaks Solar Las Animas County, CO
23. Niyol Wind Logan & Washington Counties, CO
24. Spanish Peaks Solar II Las Animas County, CO
25. Coyote Gulch Solar Montezuma County, CO
26. Dolores Canyon Solar Dolores County, CO
27. Axial Basin Solar Moffat County, CO
28. Escalante Solar McKinley County, NM