Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative (NIPCO) presented the prestigious “N Award” to former Board President Alan Lucken at its 2014 Annual Meeting, held April 1 in Sioux City.
Akron native Alan Lucken was appointed to Plymouth Electric Cooperative in 1985 and was involved with the planning and implementation of the consolidation of Plymouth Electric, Ida County REC and North West REC. Lucken was selected to represent North West REC on the NIPCO Board of Directors in 1993 and subsequently was voted to the position of President of the NIPCO Board of Directors in 1996. Lucken held this position until 2013.
Lucken’s dedication to NIPCO and the cooperatives of Iowa was evidenced by his involvement and participation in leadership roles in local, state, regional and national organizations within the electric cooperative industry.
He served as a Director and a member of the Resolutions Committee for Mid West Electric Consumers Association, an agency located in Denver, Colorado that promotes and protects the interest of federal power customers and their consumers within the Missouri River Basin.
Lucken served as an annual meeting delegate and member of the resolutions Committee for Basin Electric Power Cooperative, NIPCO’s power supplier based in Bismarck, N.D.
He served as a delegate to the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, NIPCO’s national service organization dedicated to representing the national interests of electric cooperative utilities and the consumers they serve. These meetings involved power supply discussions, government regulation analysis, cooperative financing and general cooperative education.
Alan Lucken’s 20 years of service to the cooperative industry and to NIPCO epitomizes the essence of the “N Award,” which is to recognize outstanding contributions and achievements within the electric cooperative industry.
Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative, located in Le Mars, is a generation and transmission electric cooperative, supplying power to electric distribution cooperatives in western Iowa since 1956.