Dakota Electric Association (DEA) is the second largest electric cooperative in Minnesota and ranked among the 25 largest electric distribution cooperatives in the nation. The co-op’s more than 200 employees serve over 100,000 members in a service territory that spans most of the southeastern metro area.
DEA is the only electric co-op in the state that is rate-regulated by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC). This means the rates to its members are approved by the PUC and not the co-op’s board.
Though commercial accounts make up approximately 8 percent of its members, those accounts provide over 40 percent of the co-op’s total revenue. Some of those accounts include: Thomson Reuters, a global company that provides information and data in the areas of law, taxes and accounting, compliance, government and media; the Minnesota Zoo; UTC Aerospace, a world leader in aerospace technology; Treasure Island Casino; and DataBank.