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Where We Get Our Power

Dakota Electric sources its wholesale power from a generation and transmission cooperative called Great River Energy. Great River Energy manages a diverse, regionally connected, power portfolio to deliver reliable, affordable electricity to 1.7 million people across two-thirds of Minnesota through 27 member-owner cooperatives. A Responsible & Balanced Approach Great River Energy maintains a balanced resource [...]

2024-03-01T16:32:37-06:00February 27th, 2024|Categories: Circuits|

Distributed Solar

Dakota Electric Association promotes distributed solar by supporting members who install small-scale solar systems on their properties, such as rooftops. This approach decentralizes energy production, making members more independent while contributing to a resilient grid. Members can generate their electricity while reducing reliance on the grid. Members interested in connecting their own solar, wind and energy [...]

2024-02-27T15:40:44-06:00February 27th, 2024|Categories: Circuits|

Battery Storage

Battery storage in the context of the electric grid refers to the use of large-scale batteries to store electrical energy for later use. These batteries are typically connected to the grid and can be charged when there is excess electricity available, such as during periods of low demand or when renewable energy sources like solar or [...]

2024-02-27T15:54:08-06:00February 27th, 2024|Categories: Circuits|

Electric Vehicles & EV Stats

Why Own an EV? Affordable to run The average driver will save between $4,000 - $5,000 in fuel costs over the course of five years. EVs have lower maintenance costs since you can avoid oil changes, cooling system flushes, transmission servicing, air filter changes, spark plugs, drive belts, and more! Tax incentives can reduce [...]

2024-02-27T17:08:22-06:00February 27th, 2024|Categories: Circuits|

Crops Day

The sixteenth annual Crops Day, hosted by University of Minnesota and Dakota County Soil & Water Conservation District experts, will take place on Wed., March 13, 2024, at the Dakota Electric Association office in Farmington. The event offers local research results and crop management strategies to producers and agricultural professionals, with free admission and lunch [...]

2024-02-27T16:40:32-06:00February 27th, 2024|Categories: Circuits|

Virtual Power Plant Explained

Imagine a virtual power plant (VPP) as a high-tech, interconnected system that doesn't exist in a single physical location but operates as if it were one. It's like having a bunch of power sources, like solar panels, wind turbines and batteries, spread out in different places but working together seamlessly.Here is a breakdown of how it [...]

2024-02-05T10:16:39-06:00February 1st, 2024|Categories: Circuits|

Load Management and Wellspring Renewable Energy Programs

Participate in one or more of the following load management (also known as off-peak) programs and receive electricity at nearly half the regular rate! Learn more on our Programs & Rebates page. To enroll, contact the Energy Experts® at 651-463-6243 or [email protected] ProgramsAvailable for electric water heaters, electric thermal storage heaters and slab storage floor heating systems.Interruptible [...]

2024-02-05T09:05:49-06:00February 1st, 2024|Categories: Circuits|

Touchstone Energy Community Award Winners

Dakota Electric named The Drawer, Eagan, as the local 2023 Touchstone Energy Community Award winner. Kaitlyn's Kloset, Eagan, and DARTS, West St. Paul, were named runners-up. Each organization received an award along with $500, and The Drawer advances to the statewide competition for a chance to win $2,000. [...]

2024-02-05T08:47:13-06:00February 1st, 2024|Categories: Circuits|

RTA Charge And Advanced Meter Recovery Fee

There will be a decrease to residential members’ bills in 2024 due to the resource & tax adjustment (RTA) charge and advanced meter recovery fee.How Much is the Decrease?For residential members, the 2024 RTA will be -$0.0018 credit per kilowatt-hour, which is $0.0045 lower than 2023. The 2024 advanced meter recovery fee will be 66 cents [...]

2024-02-05T08:42:57-06:00February 1st, 2024|Categories: Circuits|