FARMINGTON , Minn. (February 20, 2008) — Dakota Electric Association distributed a total of $26,025 in 2007 to local energy assistance agencies through its Helping Neighbors ® program. The money was distributed in quarterly grants to the Community Action Council, the Community Action Program (CAP) and The Salvation Army.

“It is through our members’ generous donations to the Helping Neighbors program that this money is available,” Greg Miller, Dakota Electric president and chief executive officer, said. “Dakota Electric is pleased to make the donations on our members’ behalf.”

Dakota Electric’s Helping Neighbors is an on-going program established by the Helping Neighbors Trust. Since its inception in 1993, the Helping Neighbors program has donated $319,668 to assist people in need.

Dakota Electric members interested in participating in the Helping Neighbors program have the option of making monthly contributions or a one-time donation. Contributions are tax deductible. For more information, members should watch for the Helping Neighbors bill insert coming after March 13, or they may contact Dakota Electric at 651-463-6212 or visit www.dakotaelectric.com.

A customer-owned, non-profit utility since 1937, Dakota Electric Association provides electricity to more than 100,000 members throughout Dakota County and portions of Goodhue, Rice and Scott counties. Dakota Electric, a Touchstone Energy Partner, serves its member/owners with integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community.