In August of 1945, the Rural Electrification Administration (REA) laid out the service
area boundaries of Southwest Public Power District including Dundy, Chase, Hayes,
Hitchcock and a small part of Red Willow counties. The average cost of building one mile
of line in 1948 was $825; today the average cost is $15,000.
Southwest provided electricity to electrify town and rural residential services until
the mid-1970s when Southwest experienced the irrigation boom. Southwest was the first
power district in the United States to implement a load-control management system during
the irrigation season, controlling peak loads and keeping rates low.
Today, Southwest has committed itself to providing safe, low-cost, reliable energy and
other services to meet customers' needs, now and in the future.