Dakota Electric Association® at a Glance

Dakota Electric Association is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative founded by local farmers in 1937 with the help of the Rural Electrification Administration.

Dakota ElectricSM utility services are regulated by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Dakota Electric Association is the only regulated electric cooperative in Minnesota. Dakota ElectricSM utility services reach more than 106,000 members. This makes Dakota Electric Association the second largest electric cooperative in Minnesota and ranked among the 25 largest electric distribution cooperatives in the nation.

Dakota Electric Association purchases wholesale electricity from Great River Energy, a generation and transmission cooperative in Maple Grove, MN. Dakota ElectricSM utility services are distributed to homes, businesses and farms in parts of Dakota, Goodhue, Scott and Rice counties.

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Facts & Stats

  • 200 full- and part-time employees
  • 106,835 members served
  • 4,132 miles of line (2,937 underground and 1,195 overhead)
  • 1.82 billion kWh sold annually
  • $202 million total revenue

Sources of Revenue

  • 41 percent commercial accounts
  • 58 percent residential and farming
  • 1 percent street lighting and irrigation

Load Management

  • 396 megawatts connected load.
  • 172 megawatts controllable* (summer).
  • 117 megawatts controllable* (winter).
  • Summer controllable load is equal to the energy used by approximately 30,000 homes.
  • More than 46,000 air conditioners on Dakota Electric’s system are on load management.
*Controllable is the estimated amount of load that can be “shut off” when demand reaches peak levels. It varies daily due to conditions.

Conservation Programs

Dakota Electric Association delivers approximately $4 million in conservation programs that include:

  • ENERGY STAR® rebates
  • Commercial EnergyGrants®
  • Energy audits
  • and more

Savings in 2017 totaled more than 23 million kWh.

Renewable Energy

Great River Energy, on behalf of Dakota Electric Association and other distribution cooperatives, has met the state’s renewable energy goal 8 years early by generating 25 percent of its electric energy from renewable resources in 2017. Great River Energy has now voluntarily committed to supply 50 percent of its generation from renewables by 2030. Great River Energy currently purchases output from a variety of wind projects in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa for a total of 468 megawatts. Dakota Electric® members voluntarily purchase more than 8.7 million kWh of renewable energy annually through the Wellspring Renewable Energy® program.