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Dakota Electric Facts

• 196 full- and part-time employees
• 103,035 members served
• 2,792 miles of underground line
• 1,220 miles of overhead line
• 1.86 billion kWh sold annually

Sources of revenue
• 40 percent commercial accounts
• 58 percent residential and farming
• 2 percent street lighting and irrigation

New Member Resources
Facts & Stats
New member packet
Residential rate schedule
Business rate schedule
Annual report

Dakota Electric Association is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric utility founded by local farmers in 1937 with the help of the Rural Electrification Administration. With more than 100,000 members, Dakota Electric is the second largest electric cooperative in Minnesota and ranked among the 25 largest electric distribution cooperatives in the nation.

Dakota Electric purchases wholesale electricity from Great River Energy, a generation and transmission cooperative in Maple Grove, Minn., and distributes electricity to homes, businesses and farms in parts of Dakota, Goodhue, Scott and Rice counties.

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What is a cooperative?

A cooperative is a not-for-profit organization owned by the members it serves. Electric cooperatives are committed to providing reliable electricity at the lowest price possible. In short, co-ops “look out” for the members they serve.

Regardless of the service a cooperative provides, all cooperatives adhere to seven guiding principles - voluntary and open membership; democratic member control; members' economic participation; autonomy and independence; education, training and information; cooperation among cooperatives; and concern for community.
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