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“AACC International is proud to partner with Dakota Electric in the Wellspring program,” Barbara Mock, vice president of finance, said. “The Wellspring Renewable Wind Energy program is a good fit for our organization, which is on the cutting edge of scientific and technical information for those working with grain.”

Dakota Electric members have had the option to purchase energy generated by the wind through its Wellspring program since 1998. Wellspring is the first customer-led, voluntary wind energy project in the state. Dakota Electric purchases the wind power from its wholesale power supplier, Great River Energy, Elk River. The Wellspring project now has more than 6,000 Minnesota consumers participating.

“Outstanding corporate citizens like AACC International recognize the value of renewable energy programs like Wellspring,” Mark Kortkamp, business accounts executive, said. “They lead by example and have shown their willingness to help preserve our environment.”

Dakota Electric members, commercial and residential alike, who would like to sign up for Wellspring energy can call the cooperative at 651-463-6212.

A customer-owned, non-profit utility since 1937, Dakota Electric Association provides electricity to more than 99,000 members throughout Dakota County and portions of Goodhue, Rice and Scott counties. Dakota Electric is a Touchstone Energy cooperative.

AACC International, formerly the American Association of Cereal Chemists, is a professional organization of members who specialize in grain research and the use of grains in foods. AACC International’s primary purpose is to provide technical information for food scientists in the use of cereal grains in foods. The organization has almost 3,500 members from more than 75 countries.