Dakota Electric 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 Electric is regulated by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and is the only regulated electric cooperative in Minnesota. With more than 105,000 members, Dakota Electric is the second largest electric cooperative in Minnesota and ranked among the 25 largest electric distribution cooperatives in the nation.

Dakota Electric purchases wholesale electricity from Great River Energy, a generation and transmission cooperative in Maple Grove, MN, and distributes electricity 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
  • 105,481 members served
  • 4,095 miles of line (2,898 underground and 1,197 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 delivers approximately $4 million in conservation programs that include:

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

Savings in 2016 totaled more than 23.2 million kWh.

Renewable Energy

Great River Energy, on behalf of Dakota Electric and other distribution cooperatives, is on track to meet the state’s renewable energy goal by generating 25 percent of its electric energy from renewable resources by the year 2025. Great River Energy 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.