73233 CA-70, Portola, CA 96122
Representation Contact Information:
Emily Compton, Member and Energy Services Manager
530.832.4261 | Office
Founded in 1937, Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative is a member-owned electric distribution, transmission and generation utility providing electricity and related services to more than 7,800 member-owners in Plumas, Lassen, and Sierra counties in California and portions of Washoe County in Nevada.
Headquartered in Portola, PSREC energized in 1938 and now has more than 1,300 miles of line covering 1,700 square miles of service territory.
PSREC is a leader in its support of renewable energy development and deployment of energy efficiency programs. It launched one of the most successful ground-source heat pump programs in the nation more than 20 years ago; constructed a 6-megawatt natural gas, cogeneration power plant at the state prisons in Susanville in 2010; constructed a 2.5 MW solar installation at the Sierra Army Depot in Herlong in 2018; launched its first community shared solar project in 2018; and is researching and developing programs to encourage member adoption of electric vehicles and expanded charging infrastructure.
Why We Are Different:
PSREC is consumer-owned and not-for-profit. That means any revenue beyond our expenses is eventually returned to the member in the form of capital credit payments. We are committed to providing the best possible service at the lowest possible cost.
We take pride in our cooperative — a grassroots system of service started by pioneers like those who settled this area. Keeping the cost of electricity affordable helps keep local businesses competitive, while preserving our rural heritage and standard of living.
Plumas-Sierra is controlled by a seven-person board of directors elected on a rotating basis for 3 year terms. We follow the Rochdale Principles. Our goal is to provide utility services with a high level of reliability for fair and reasonable costs. We are also dedicated to improving the quality of life of our member-owners and our local communities.
In addition to PSREC’s electric utility services, the co-op is devoted to rural economic development. PSREC’s subsidiary, Plumas-Sierra Telecommunications, completed a mid-mile fiber project in 2013— stretching from Reno, north to Susanville and west to Quincy. PST continues to expand last-mile coverage in the region via wireless technologies and coax lines.
To date, the company has constructed more than 335 miles of fiber optic network and deploys wireless and coaxial technologies to help address costs and a variety of challenges created by different topographical elements in the region.