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Apply for the Touchstone Energy Award!

Dakota Electric is now accepting applications for the Touchstone Energy Community Award, which recognizes nonprofit groups and community organizations that have shown a strong commitment to the community. 

Applicants are evaluated on project scope, use of resources and the impact or value to the community. Three winners will receive $500 with one having a chance for another $2,000 in the statewide competition. To receive judging criteria, and an application for the award, go to

The deadline for applications is November 1.

Safe at Home

Address confidentiality program

Safe at Home helps survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and other crimes, and anyone  who fears for their safety, by establishing a confidential mailing address and providing a mail forwarding service.

While Dakota Electric needs members’ actual addresses to establish and maintain electric service, we use Safe at Home addresses for communicating with members and take special steps to protect Safe at Home participants’ addresses.

If you participate in Safe at Home, alert Dakota Electric and provide your Safe at Home mailing address.

To learn more, contact the office of the Minnesota Secretary of State by calling 1-866-723-3035 or visit

Increased Load Control to Continue Into Winter Months

Due in large part to higher than expected power costs, our power supplier, Great River Energy, anticipates increased load control to continue into the winter months. 

Participating in load management provides savings for you and also provides wholesale power savings ($17-18 million/year) for Dakota Electric. This helps us keep costs down, allowing us to provide the lowest rates possible. Thank you to all our members who participate in our load management programs.

Follow us on social media to receive daily load control times or learn more here.

Connexus Energy Transitions to Customer of Great River Energy

Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives approved the agreements required for Connexus Energy, which provides electricity to large parts of the Northern Twin Cities Metro Area, to transition from a member-owner to a customer of Great River Energy. 

Great River Energy will continue to supply wholesale energy to Connexus Energy, and the new agreements, effective Jan. 1, 2023, will establish a contractual framework for Connexus Energy to secure more of its own power supply resources.

After an evaluation, Dakota Electric has decided that continuing to be a member of Great River Energy is in our best interest. This arrangement will not affect your service. For more information, visit Great River Energy’s newsroom on their website.

Update Your Contact Information

Keeping your contact information current with Dakota Electric allows us to notify you of outages, ensures delivery of capital credit refund checks and keeps you up-to-date on other important member communications. Your phone number also allows you to report an outage, since the system matches your address to your phone number. 

You can update your contact information by calling 651-463-6212 or by visiting