Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative (OTEC) is one of Oregon’s largest distribution cooperatives. Headquartered in Baker City, Oregon, with district offices in La Grande, John Day, and Burns, OTEC serves approximately 31,000 meters in Baker, Grant, Harney and Union counties with a network of overhead and underground lines over 3,000 miles long. OTEC’s distribution system represents an investment of more than $153 million.
Northeastern Oregon is the home of the stunning Blue Mountains, which annually attract hundreds of hikers, mountain bikers and other adventure types year round. Superlative fishing and hunting also draw many visitors and skiers and snowboarders flock to the region in the winter. In former frontier towns like Baker City, old-school ranchers and cowboys mingle with a growing population of artists and craftsmen. The landscape ranges from high alpine fir-covered slopes to sage-brush covered hills and valleys.
Heading towards Burns, sprawling scrubby ranchlands boast a beauty of their own here in the high desert country. Stunning vistas and unexpected river canyons dominate the landscape that harkens back to the early days of settlers and gold-mining. There are wonderful camp sites, hot springs and little towns bursting with hospitality throughout the region.
OTEC is a consumer-owned cooperative. Its policies are established by a nine-person Board of Directors – each board member is a bill-paying, residential member elected by fellow members.