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.
Dakota Electric is the only electric co-op in the state that is rate-regulated by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The PUC enhances the leadership provided by Dakota Electric’s board of directors and aids in the cooperative’s goal of providing safe, reliable and sustainable energy for its members.
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.