• Lighting the Way for a Brighter Future

    This project—Partners for a Brighter Tomorrow—is providing power to 42 homes, a school, and a health post.

  • Safe | Reliable | Affordable

    WECA’s members provide power to nearly 600,000 member-owners in Wisconsin.

Pierce Pepin's Will Tuchtenhagen Awarded $10,000 Glenn English Scholarship

June 25, 2021—Congratulations to Pierce Pepin's very own William Tuchtenhagen for being awarded the Glenn English National Cooperative Leadership Foundation's top scholarship, worth $10,000. Tuchtenagen served on the 2017–2018 WECA Youth Board and went on to be the NRECA Wisconsin State Representative in 2019, where he served as a junior chaperone in Washington, D.C. and participated on the youth education panel at the 2019 NRECA Annual Meeting.
At that meeting, according to NRECA, Tuchtenhagen spoke on a panel about the need for rural broadband. He is currently on his second summer as an intern at Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services, where among other duties, he is very involved in deployment of broadband!
"He is the quintessential co-op kid looking to stay involved in our industry", NRECA said in making the announcement.
The Glenn English National Cooperative Leadership Foundation encourages educational advancement by awarding high education scholarships to eligible students. The Foundation has awarded almost $100,000 in scholarships to NRECA’s Youth Tour alumni since the program’s inception in 2014!
In addition to Tuchtenhagen’s $10,000 scholarship, NRECA announced three winners of the $2,000 “Engineers of the Future” scholarship, and four winners of the $1,000 “Youth Tour Alumni” scholarship. Tuchtenhagen is the only winner from Wisconsin. 
Tuchtenhagen attends Luther College where he is majoring in Political Science and International Studies.

WECA Poster Contest Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 electricity safety poster contest. WECA was overwhelmed with the number of exceptional entries and impressed with the creativity and knowledge that were displayed. Below are the entries the judges determined best met the criteria for the contest.
This year’s winners are:
  • 1st Place: Trey Wellik, Riverland Energy Cooperative
  • 2nd Place: Lexus White, Riverland Energy Cooperative
  • 3rd Place: Lilliann Horvath, Barron Electric Cooperative
(Click the images to see enlarged versions.)

1st Place Trey Wellik
Riverland Energy Cooperative
2nd Place Lexus White
Riverland Energy Cooperative
3rd Place Lilliann Horvath
Barron Electric Cooperative



APRIL 12, 2021—CALL BEFORE YOU DIG—it could save your life. That’s the message behind a new video released by Wisconsin's electric cooperatives, in partnership with Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange. The educational video is intended for both residential homeowners and contractors.


APRIL 2, 2021—Do you have a young artist in your household? We’ve got an opportunity for them to put their skills to work and learn about electrical safety at the same time! WECA is sponsoring its first Electrical Safety Poster Contest, open to all third-grade students of electric cooperative-member households.

Participating students should create a poster supporting electric safety and submit it to their local electric cooperative by May 17, 2021.

Each co-op will select an individual winner, who will receive a $25 gift card courtesy of WECA, and select the top three posters to advance to the state-level round.

The top three posters selected in the state-level round will receive the following prizes:

  •     First Place ~ Chromebook
  •     Second Place ~ $100 gift card
  •     Third Place ~ $75 gift card


February 25, 2021—Governor Evers signed Senate Bill 25 into law today that allows for us to hold our annual meetings virtually.  At left is a photo of the Governor signing it into law.  It was a great effort by everyone involved. Click below to read the release.


January 19, 2021—The Federated Youth Foundation is pleased to once again offer the Charles Van Sickle Endowment Scholarship in 2021. This $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to a pre-law or law student who has an interest in cooperative law. The scholarship is made possible by an endowment established in 2013 to honor Wisconsin’s renowned electric cooperative lobbyist and attorney, the late Charles Van Sickle. The scholarship will be awarded during the Spring 2021 semester.


Electric co-ops care for community

January 6, 2020Thanks to all Wisconsin electric co-ops who stepped up to help members they serve during the pandemic. Thanks to NRECA for telling this story!


Reliable. Affordable. Accessible. V
Steve Freese, WECA President and CEO

Last month I talked about how wind and solar are part of the solution to get us to carbon pollution-free by 2035. We also realize wind and solar are intermittent energy producers, so we need to find baseload power that is available all the time. I continue to reference a Princeton University Study—Net-Zero America—for this series of columns. This month we’ll look at how the study addresses baseload power in relation to two types of production facilities.

Wisconsin Energy Cooperative News

The Wisconsin Energy Cooperative News serves as the voice of the state’s rural electric cooperatives. Founded in 1940, the publication focuses on statewide issues that affect electric cooperatives, promoting the general welfare of Wisconsin’s electric cooperatives, their member-owners, and the areas they serve.