History of Battle River Power Coop

R.E.A. History

In the beginning, there was no distribution system to the rural consumers. The big utilities did not believe it was financially viable. Rural Electrification Association's were formed out of a necessity to bring electricity to rural consumers. The early farmers, progressive and determined, formed your Cooperative REA and built their own Distribution System.

Once the rural distribution systems were built, rural Alberta flourished with development. The REAs owned all of the rural lines until later on when the oil field development began. It was only through limitations within the agreement that restricted REA membership to farms.

Because REA's were not originally granted franchise areas, the rural electric system became the integrated system today. REA'S have survived many challenges in the past; today, they continue to meet challenges head on. Your REA, now operating under the name "Battle River Power Coop" still has the spirit and determination of rural Albertans as originally started by our pioneer farmers!

Alberta Federation of REA's Ltd. (AFREAs)

The AFREA is the provincial organization representing local Rural Electrification Associations. Beliefs such as "Rural Albertans deserve a reliable and affordable supply of electricity" and "Communities benefit from local control over their power supply", inspired an organization that evolved into the Alberta Federation of REA'S. The Federation acts as a strong unified voice for member REA's - bringing the interests of rural Albertans to electricity industry stakeholders, and to Government. Their mandate of "a unified voice" speaks with strength, promoting member's interests and maintaining a strong profile for REA's across Alberta. For more information regarding the AFREA, visit their website.