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Dakota Electric Association is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric utility founded by local farmers in 1937 with the help of the Rural Electrification Administration. With more than 100,000 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, Minn., and distributes electricity to homes, businesses and farms in parts of Dakota, Goodhue, Scott and Rice counties.

If you want to establish new residential or commercial electric service, please contact our Member Services department at 651-463-6212.

Staff Directory
Tom Lambrecht

Manager, Economic Development Services
Phone: 763-445-6105  

Jeff Borling

Economic Development Lead
Phone: 218-355-8088  

Mark Lofthus

Economic Development Director
Phone: (651) 463-6242   Fax: (651) 460-7581

Peggy Johnson

Community Relations Director
Phone: (651) 463-6110   Fax: (651) 460-7509