This Web resource, developed by the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives this fall, provides a statewide view of power outages at electric cooperatives that deliver electricity in each of state's 99 counties to approximately 650,000 Iowans. When you log onto the power outage tool, you will see a map of Iowa, and you can view the information from a county-by-county view of Iowa or electric co-op-by-electric co-op view, including Lyon Rural Electric Cooperative. At the Web site you also will be able to obtain safety information as well as link to Lyon Rural Electric Cooperative. In addition to going to the statewide association's Web site to view the maps, you can check out the information at http://outages.iowarec.org.
When there are widespread power outages in Iowa or isolated power outages impacting a large number of Iowans, Lyon Rural Electric Cooperative will enter information onto the Web site. The Web site will automatically refresh every 10 minutes, so it will reflect the most recently entered information from the electric co-ops. When only a few Lyon Rural Electric Cooperative member-consumer-owners are without power, the Web site may not necessarily reflect that information.
It is extremely important that all power outages be reported to the Lyon Rural Electric Cooperative.
To report a power outage to Lyon Rural Electric Cooperative please call (712)472-2506.
In the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives there are 37 electric cooperatives that deliver electricity to homes, farms and businesses in Iowa. Those co-ops are electric distribution cooperatives. There also are seven electric co-op members of the association that supply electricity to the distribution co-ops, and those are electric generation and transmission cooperatives.
In the United States there are more than 900 electric cooperatives that cover about 75 percent of the nation's land mass and provide electricity to approximately 40 million Americans.
Electric cooperatives are unique compared to investor-owned utilities or government-owned, municipal utilities because they are not-for-profit businesses owned by the member-consumers who buy electricity from the co-ops. Member-consumer-owners of the electric co-ops share in revenues in excess of the cost of the co-ops business expenses.
The electric co-ops also distinguish themselves from other utilities by seven core principles that guide how business is conducted. The Core Principles are: Voluntary and Open Membership; Democratic Member Control; Members' Economic Participation; Autonomy and Independence; Education, Training and Information; Cooperation Among Cooperatives; and Concern for Community.
Lyon Rural Electric Cooperative, established in 1938, provides electricity in Lyon County to approximately 2,027 homes, farms and businesses. Lyon Rural Electric Cooperative is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative , a nationwide alliance of electric cooperatives.