YVEA gives out record refunds to Northwest Colorado customers
Electric cooperative returning $3.2 million to customers
June 2, 2010
At a glance
■ Yampa Valley Electric Association has more than 26,000 customers
■ In 1940, the initial board members drove from ranch to ranch to solicit members
■ The first line was energized on the day of Pearl Harbor, Dec. 6, 1941
■ The cooperative provided electricity to the rural areas of the county that never had it before, except through the use of a generator to charge batteries.
■ For the first dozen years, it extended service only in the rural areas. The cities of Craig, Hayden and Steamboat came into the fold in 1952.