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Dakota Electric members donate more than $28,000 to those in need

Dakota Electric Association distributed $28,719 in 2015 through its Helping Neighbors® program to the Community Action Program, The Salvation Army and 360 Communities for local energy assistance. In 2015, giving was up almost $1,500 from the previous year. “This money is available because of our members’ generous donations to the Helping Neighbors program,” Greg Miller, Dakota [...]

February 2nd, 2016|Categories: Press Release|

Employee charity program raises more than $24,000 for causes

Dakota Electric Association and its employees have raised $24,717 for charities through its employee led program called Dakota Cares. Each year Dakota Electric’s employees hold a variety of fundraising events and pledge drives to bring in donations for three charities: United Way, $8,539; Community Health Charities, $10,566; and the Fallen Lineman Organization, $5,612. “We could not [...]

December 30th, 2015|Categories: Press Release|

DataBank secures rebate check of more than $108,000 from Dakota Electric

Dakota Electric Association recently presented DataBank with a rebate check for $108,566 for installing high-efficiency air conditioning, a computer room cooling system, building automation and LED lighting in its new Eagan facility. One of the energy-efficient systems installed uses cool Minnesota air when it can to reduce temperatures in the room holding the computer servers. “This [...]

December 3rd, 2015|Categories: Press Release|

360 Communities receives $10,000 from Dakota Electric and CoBank

Dakota Electric Association, along with CoBank, one of its lenders, recently donated $10,000 to 360 Communities. Dakota Electric’s $5,000 donation was matched by CoBank through the company’s “Sharing Success” grant program. Dakota Electric’s Board of Directors and CoBank’s Cliff Bolstad, and Rachel Hanson, presented the check to Sal Mondelli, president and CEO of 360 Communities, and [...]

November 25th, 2015|Categories: Press Release|

Electric rate increases: Effective with consumption on and after Nov. 12, 2015

On July 2, 2014, Dakota Electric Association filed an application with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) for an electric rate increase of about $4.2 million or 2.1 percent annually. The MPUC approved a total rate increase of approximately $4 million, or 2 percent. This is approximately 0.5 percentage points more than interim rates that have [...]

November 17th, 2015|Categories: Press Release|

Dakota Electric donates $40,000 to local school districts

Dakota Electric Association recently awarded $10,000 from unclaimed capital credits to go toward specific needs within four different school districts. Superintendents and representatives from Cannon Falls, Northfield, Randolph and Red Wing attended a recent Dakota Electric board meeting to receive the donations. Cannon Falls will use the money to purchase equipment to enhance its STEAM program [...]

November 12th, 2015|Categories: Press Release|

Elvestad wins Dakota Electric’s Township Leader award

Dakota Electric Association recently awarded Jamie Elvestad, Farmington, the Township Leader of the Year award. Each year, Dakota Electric seeks to recognize outstanding leadership with the award, and Dakota Electric Director Jerry Pittman attended a recent Dakota County Township Officers Association meeting to present the award to Elvestad. Elvestad has been an Empire Township Supervisor since [...]

November 1st, 2015|Categories: Press Release|

Touchstone Energy® Community Award applications being accepted

Dakota Electric Association is now accepting applications for the Touchstone Energy Community Award, which recognizes non-profit groups, community organizations and businesses that have shown a strong commitment to the community. The award acknowledges the efforts of those who have impacted numerous people, collaborated and shared resources, addressed unmet community needs or provided necessary services. In 2015, [...]

October 1st, 2015|Categories: Press Release|

Dakota Electric Association nominated for national Cooperative Purpose Award

Dakota Electric Association was recently nominated for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Cooperative Purpose Award. The award, new in 2015, recognizes cooperatives for their efforts at improving the quality of life for their members and communities.  “The award will go to a co-op for working with its membership to make outstanding contributions that result [...]

September 25th, 2015|Categories: Press Release|

More than 7,000 attended Dakota Electric’s Member Appreciation Event

Dakota Electric Association had a total of 7,081 people attend the company’s 18th annual Member Appreciation Event at the Minnesota Zoo on July 30. During the event, zoo admission was free to all Dakota Electric members and their families.    As part of the event, Dakota Electric, a member-owned cooperative, asked attendees to bring food donations [...]

August 4th, 2015|Categories: Press Release|