Western Area Power Administration
Two of MMPA’s member communities, East Grand Forks and Olivia, purchase a portion of their power from the Western Area Power Administration under long-term contracts. MMPA schedules electricity from Western on their behalf.
Western is a Federal agency under the Department of Energy that markets and transmits wholesale electrical power from 56 Federal hydropower plants and one coal-fired plant. Western markets and transmits about 10,000 megawatts of hydropower through 17,000 miles of transmission lines and 300 substations.