Before the Rural Electrification Act, tiny communities like Nespelem, Elmer City, Lone Pine, Belvedere, Koontzville, Disautel, Cameron Lakes and others were in the dark. Nespelem Valley Electric Cooperative (NVEC) serves the western area of the Colville Indian Reservation in southeast Okanogan County–all the areas no other utility would serve. Almost half our co-op members are members of the Colville Confederated Tribes.

The Colville Confederated Tribes, descendants of 12 Native American Bands, hold an annual 4th of July celebration near Nespelem and recently celebrated 125 years on this reservation(1872-1997). Nespelem is also the burial place of Chief Joseph, the great Nez Perce leader who vowed to “fight no more forever.”

Founded in 1939, NVEC began operations as one of the Bonneville Power Administration’s first customers in 1941 with 34 miles of line and 140 consumers. Today, NVEC serves just over 1,500 co-op members overĀ 405 miles of line. That is less than four meters per mile, making NVEC the smallest co-op in Washington state.

Mission Statement

Our MISSION is to provide all our members with affordable, reliable power and the highest level of member service. To accomplish this objective, we have established the following GOALS:

Affordable Power
Be good stewards of our members’ money by remaining within budgetary constraints. Explore opportunities to reduce costs for our members.

Reliable Power
Implement an aggressive maintenance and construction program. Respond promptly to outage alerts.

Highest Level of Member Service
Be more visible and responsive to our members and the community as a whole. Implement policies and procedures as determined by our trustees that our members elect. Honor all commitments and promises made by NVEC and its employees.

  • Contact Us


    (509) 634-4571

    PO Box 31
    1009 F Street
    Nespelem, WA 99155

    Monday-Thursday: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Friday-Sunday: Closed