Connexus Energy, the largest member-owned utility in Minnesota, has served its communities since 1937 when a group of residents formed the Anoka County Cooperative Light and Power Association and brought electricity to the Twin Cities’ north metro area. Today, the cooperative provides electricity — along with related products and services — to approximately 138,000 homes and businesses.
Among those businesses is Northrop Grumman which designs, develops, builds and supports some of the world’s most advanced products, from cutting-edge aircraft and next-generation spacecraft to cybersecurity systems and radars; and Crystal Cabinets, which has evolved into one of the largest custom cabinet manufacturers in the country.
More than just providing businesses with electricity, Connexus Energy works with owners on sustainability efforts. The co-op aided in the sustainability efforts of Invictus Brewing, which built its brewery on a site next to the National Sports Center in Blaine — part of Connexus Energy’s service territory.
The co-op worked closely with the brewery on sustainability efforts throughout the building, including the installation of high efficiency appliances, LED lighting and eco-friendly panels on the roof and walls. The cooperative also helped them with rebates on appliances, such as chillers, high efficiency boilers and an HVAC system. There are six electric vehicle chargers installed by the front doors of the brewery as well.