Looking ahead

Greg Miller

Wishing you all a Happy New Year!

Greg Miller, President & CEO

It is a new year, and that means new resolutions. Whether you are looking to make informed energy decisions or you want to stay current on co-op news, check out the latest edition of Circuits.

Smart meter update
Last fall, we successfully installed 5,000 smart meters in and around Farmington, Lakeville and rural Hampton. These meters serve as the pilot program for our smart meter project and will help us test the new system before we upgrade the remaining 120,000 meters. We will begin installing the remaining meters later this year and expect it to take approximately 24 months to complete.

You will receive a mailed postcard notification prior to the installation of your new meter. Additionally, our meter installers will leave behind a door hanger informing you of the change. Find more information: www.dakotaelectric.com > Advanced Meter Upgrade.

Solar projects
We added an additional 3MW of solar at the end of last year. Our fourth solar project, located south of Farmington, will be energized in January and consist of 10,368 panels on 15 acres of land. This is in addition to our commitment, through our power supplier, to achieve 50% renewable energy by 2030.

Rate increase update
We submitted a general rate case petition to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) on Sept. 19, 2019, requesting an overall annual revenue increase of about $8.7 million or 4.3%. The effect on each member’s bill will vary depending on customer class and energy use.

An interim increase of 3.0% went into effect on energy used in November and will remain in effect until the MPUC determines final rates. A decision is expected later this year. Find more information: www.dakotaelectric.com > Billing & Payment > Rate Increase.

As your cooperative, we know the impact increasing electric costs have on your household. That is why we work to be as transparent and helpful as possible. Our Energy Experts® are here to answer your questions about home energy savings and provide more information about our energy-efficiency programs and rebates. Contact us: 651-463-6243 or [email protected] com.

As always, feel free to drop us a note and let us know what you think. We value your ideas and feedback. Thank you for being a member.

Wishing you a successful New Year!