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 109,000 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

  • 195 full- and part-time employees
  • 109,089 members served
  • 4,149 miles of line (2,961 underground and 1,188 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

  • Ability to shed more than 20% of peak demand.
  • 100 megawatts controllable* (summer).
  • 70 megawatts controllable* (winter).
  • Summer controllable load is equal to the energy used by approximately 30,000 homes.
  • Approximately 48,000 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 2019 totaled more than 25 million kWh.

Renewable Energy

Great River Energy, on behalf of Dakota Electric and other distribution cooperatives, met the state’s renewable energy goal in 2017 — eight years early. Their new goal is to achieve 50% renewable production by 2030 or earlier. Great River Energy purchases output from a variety of wind and solar projects in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa for approximately 680 megawatts. Dakota Electric members voluntarily purchase more than 9.4 million kWh of renewable energy annually through the Wellspring Renewable Energy® program.