History Timeline

1938

Gunnison County Electric Association (GCEA) Incorporated

GCEA was incorporated on 9/21/1938.

1941

First Lines Energized

On 12/6/1941 the first GCEA lines were energized in Crested Butte.

1945

CREA Formed

In 1945, Colorado Rural Electric Association (CREA) formed. CREA is a statewide association in which GCEA is a member.

1957

GCEA Purchases Lake City Power Co.

In 1957, GCEA purchases Lake City Power Company

1962

GCEA joins Colorado Ute Electric

In 1962, GCEA joins Colorado Ute Electric to provide electric power supply needs.

1968

Board of Director Districts Created

In 1968, GCEA Board of Director Districts were created.

1974

Service Provided to Taylor Park and Tincup

In 1974, GCEA began to provide electric service in Taylor Park and Tincup.

1981

Energy Conservation Loan Program Established

In 1981, GCEA established the Energy Conservation Loan Program. This was the first of its kind in Colorado, and the 3rd of its kind in the nation.

1983

Deregulation from Colorado Public Utilities Commission

In 1983, Membership voted to become deregulated from Colorado Public Utilities Commission.

1987

First Retirement of Patronage Capital

In 1987, GCEA released its first retirement of Patronage Capital (Capital Credits) back to it’s Members.

1992

GCEA Becomes Member of Tri-State G&T

In 1992, GCEA becomes a Member of Tri-State G&T following the Colorado Ute Electric bankruptcy.

1999

GCEA Establishes Green Power Program

In 1999, GCEA established its Green Power Program.

2006

PV Systems Donated to Local Schools

In 2006/2007, GCEA donated Photovoltaic system to local area schools.

2010

Doyleville Wind Project Constructed

In 2010, GCEA completed construction on a wind power demonstration project built in Doyleville.

2014

First Community Solar Garden Energized

In 2014, the first Community Solar Garden was energized.

2015

First EV Station Energized

In 2015, the first EV charging station was energized in Crested Butte.

2016

GCEA Offers EV Test Drives

In 2016, GCEA began offering EV test drives to its Members.

2017

EV Loaner Program

In 2017, GCEA established its EV Loaner Program. This is the first of its kind in the nation!

2018

Local Renewable Fund

In 2018, GCEA started the Local Renewable Fund where 25% of the fee you pay for green power will go to the fund.

You can also sign up for a monthly contribution. Your contribution will be combined with other contributions and used when needed to overcome a financial hurdle to a local project.