Our 28 member cooperatives

Great River Energy is a not-for-profit electric cooperative owned by 28 electric distribution cooperatives. Collectively, they serve approximately 665,000 members in Minnesota.

Agralite Electric Cooperative

Agralite Electric Cooperative is an electric utility headquartered in Benson, Minnesota, that serves members in the state’s west central area from near Kerkhoven to Ortonville on the south, and from near Sunburg to Morris and Donnelly on the north. Its employees are dedicated to serving the area’s electric utility needs with reliable energy and outstanding customer service.

Agralite Electric Cooperative
320 East Highway 12
P.O. Box 228
Benson, MN 56215
Phone: 320-843-4150
Website: agralite.coop
E-mail: agralite@agralite.com
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Approx. Number of Members: 5,077
Counties served: Swift, Stevens, Big Stone, part of Pope
Year Incorporated: 1939

Arrowhead Cooperative

Arrowhead Cooperative was formed in 1953 after the Lutsen Light & Power Company closed its doors. Since 1953, Arrowhead has been dedicated to fulfilling its mission and serving members.
Arrowhead serves more than 4,000 members in Cook County and part of Lake County. This requires the cooperative to operate and maintain over 300 miles of overhead distribution line and 224 miles of underground distribution line.

Arrowhead Cooperative
5401 West Highway 61
P.O. Box 39
Lutsen, MN 55612
Phone: 218-663-7239
Website: aecimn.com
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Approx. Number of Members: 4,049
Counties served: Cook, part of Lake
Year Incorporated: 1953

BENCO Electric Cooperative

Blue Earth-Nicollet Cooperative Electric Association (BENCO) was founded on May 11, 1936. The first recorded meeting took place on June 12, 1937, at Mankato City Hall. The first pole on the BENCO system was set on June 27, 1938, in Traverse Township, Nicollet County. The line was energized on Sept. 16, 1938. Faribault County Cooperative Electric Association was founded in 1936.

These two cooperatives consolidated into Blue Earth-Nicollet-Faribault Cooperative Electric Association (Frost-BENCO Electric) on Jan. 1, 1980. Wells Electric Cooperative was founded in July 1935. Frost-BENCO and Wells Electric cooperative merged in January 1, 1988 and become Frost-BENCO-Wells Electric. In 1998, Frost-BENCO-Wells Electric became a Touchstone Energy® partner and began doing business as BENCO Electric.

BENCO Electric Cooperative
P.O. Box 8
Mankato, MN 56002-0008
Phone: 507-387-7963
Website: benco.org
Email: wadeh@benco.org
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Approximate number of members: 14,311
Counties served: Blue Earth, Nicollet, Faribault, LeSueur, parts of Brown, Martin, Freeborn, Sibley, Waseca
Year Incorporated: 1935

Brown County Rural Electric Association

Brown County Rural Electrical Association is proud to be serving its member-owners in rural Brown County and portions of Nicollet, Sibley, Renville, Redwood, Cottonwood, Blue Earth and Watonwan counties.
Established by members in 1937, Brown County REA strives to improve the quality of life for its members by providing the best possible service at the lowest possible cost.

Brown County Rural Electric Association
24386 State Highway 4
P.O. Box 529
Sleepy Eye, MN 56085-0529
Phone: 507-794-3331 or 1-800-658-2368
Website: browncountyrea.coop
Approximate number of members: More than 3,800
Counties served: Brown and parts of Nicollet, Sibley, Redwood and Blue Earth
Year Incorporated: 1937

Connexus Energy

Connexus Energy is Minnesota’s largest electric distribution cooperative, providing electricity and related products and services to homes and businesses in portions of Anoka, Chisago, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Sherburne, and Washington counties.

Connexus Energy
14601 Ramsey Blvd. NW
Ramsey, MN 55303
Phone: 763-323-2600
Website: connexusenergy.com
Email: info@connexusenergy.com
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Approx. Number of Members: 128,000
Counties served: Portions of Anoka, Chisago, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Sherburne, Washington
Year Incorporated: 1937

Cooperative Light & Power

Cooperative Light & Power is proud of where it’s been and where it’s going. Since 1936, Cooperative Light & Power has been finding new ways to meet its members’ needs. Through growth, partnerships and community commitment, the cooperative has made a positive impact in the neighborhoods it serves.

Cooperative Light & Power
1554 Highway 2
P.O. Box 69
Two Harbors, MN 55616
Phone: 218-834-2226 or 1-800-580-5881
Website: clpower.com
Email: office@lakenet.com
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Approx. Number of Members: 5,967
Counties served: Lake County, part of St. Louis

Year Incorporated: 1936

Crow Wing Power

Crow Wing Power proudly serves 42,000 electric cooperative members in the three counties surrounding the beautiful Brainerd Lakes Area in north central Minnesota. It is a locally owned and operated branch of the 600 Touchstone Energy® electric cooperatives throughout the nation. Crow Wing Power embraces Touchstone Energy’s core values of integrity, innovation, accountability, and commitment to community.

Crow Wing Power’s main focus for the past 70 years has been providing reliable, affordable electricity. Members will find other advantages in the Crow Wing Power Credit Union, People’s Security, Member Benefits Section and T-Mobile Wireless Phone subsidiary.

Crow Wing Power
17330 Highway 371 North
P.O. Box 507
Brainerd, MN 56401
Phone: 218-829-2827 or 1-800-648-9401
Website: cwpower.com
Email: info@CWPower.com
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Approx. Number of Members: 37,200
Counties served: Crow Wing, Cass, Morrison
Year Incorporated: 1937

Dakota Electric Association

On April 5, 1937, bylaws and articles of incorporation were adopted and Dakota County Electric Cooperative was formed by a group of forward-thinking farmers, with the help of the Rural Electric Association. On Monday, Feb. 21, 1938, the lights came on in rural Dakota County. At that time, Dakota County Electric Cooperative covered 240 miles and served 800 members.

In July 1969, Dakota County Electric Cooperative was renamed to what is known today as Dakota Electric Association. Dakota Electric has grown considerably since its humble beginnings, now covering 507 square miles and serving more than 103,000 members. Dakota Electric, which serves the southern suburbs of Minneapolis and St. Paul, is one of the largest electric distribution cooperatives in the nation.

Dakota Electric Association
4300 220th St. West
Farmington, MN 55024-9583
Phone: 651-463-6212 or 1-800-874-3409
Website: dakotaelectric.com
Email: info@dakotaelectric.com
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Approx. Number of Members: 103,100
Counties served: Dakota and portions of Goodhue, Rice and Scott
Year Incorporated: 1937

East Central Energy

East Central Energy (ECE) is a member-owned electric cooperative providing electric, internet and long-distance services to its members in east central Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. Formed in 1936, ECE currently serves more than 57,000 homes, farms and businesses in 14 counties, making it Minnesota’s oldest and third largest member-owned electric cooperative.

East Central Energy
412 Main Ave. North
P.O. Box 39
Braham, MN 55006
Phone: 800-254-7944
Website: eastcentralenergy.com
Email: info@ecemn.com
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Approx. Number of Members: 58,141
Counties served: Aitkin, Benton, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Sherburne, Washington, Pine and Carlton, Minn.; and Douglas, Burnett and Washburn, Wis.
Year Incorporated: 1936

Federated Rural Electric Association

Federated Rural Electric provides wholesale power to four towns – Round Lake, Ceylon, Dunnell and Alpha – as well as retail electricity to Welcome. It has been involved in load management programs since 1983, saving its members millions of dollars. Load management allows Federated to control wholesale purchases of electricity by buying it at the least expensive times. Load management programs include heating, cooling, water heating and gensets. More than 75 percent of Federated’s members have some type of load management installed in their homes.

Federated Rural Electric Association
77100 U.S. Highway 71
P.O. Box 69
Jackson, MN 56143-0069
Phone: 507-847-3520 or 1-800-321-3520
Website: federatedrea.coop
Email: info@federatedrea.coop
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Approx. Number of Members: 5,073
Counties served: Jackson, Martin, parts of surrounding counties
Year Incorporated: 1935

Goodhue County Cooperative Electric Association

Bringing electricity to rural farms and homes was the challenge Goodhue County Cooperative Electric assumed in 1936 and continues to meet today. Farmers demanded electric service to improve their way of life and profitability. Today’s electricity services help take much of the daily drudgery out of farming and housekeeping.

Goodhue County Cooperative Electric Association
1410 Northstar Drive
P.O. Box 99
Zumbrota, MN 55992
Phone: 507-732-5117 or 1-800-927-6864
Website: gccea.com
Email: info@gccea.com
Approximate number of members: 4,962
Counties served: Goodhue, parts of Dodge, Dakota, Rice, Olmsted, and Wabasha
Year Incorporated: 1936

Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative Electrical Association

Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative Electrical Association, located in Park Rapids, Minn., is one of more than 900 electric cooperatives nationwide and one of more than 750 Touchstone Energy® cooperatives in the United States. The co-op is dedicated to providing high standards of service to its members and communities.

Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative Electrical Association
16930 County Road 6
P.O. Box 192
Park Rapids, MN 56470
Phone: 218-732-3377 or 1-888-713-3377
Website: itasca-mantrap.com
Email: itasca@itasca-mantrap.com
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Approximate number of members: More than 9,700
Counties served: Hubbard, Wadena, Cass, Becker, Clearwater
Year Incorporated: 1939

Kandiyohi Power Cooperative

Kandiyohi Power Cooperative (KPC) was organized in November 1935 under the cooperative laws in the State of Minnesota to furnish, improve and expand electric service to West Central Minnesota. Authority to form such a cooperative came from the passage of the Rural Electrification Act, which was signed by President Franklin Roosevelt on May 11, 1935. KPC is governed by an elected, nine-person board of directors that establishes policies and hires the CEO.
Today, KPC has grown to 31 employees serving more than 8,000 residential, agricultural and commercial members.

Kandiyohi Power Cooperative
8605 47th St. NE
Spicer, MN 56288
Phone: 320-796-1155
Website: kpcoop.com
Email: info@kpcoop.com
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Approximate number of members: 8,178
Counties served: Kandiyohi, parts of Swift, Chippewa, Stearns and Renville
Year Incorporated: 1935

Lake Country Power

Lake Country Power is a Touchstone Energy® cooperative serving parts of eight counties in rural northern Minnesota (Aitkin, Carlton, Cass, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Pine and St. Louis). The cooperative provides electricity and other energy related services to more than 41,000 members and continues to grow by an average of 900 new members each year.
Lake Country Power maintains nearly 8,000 miles of distribution lines within 10,872 square miles of service territory. Geographically, Lake Country Power is Minnesota’s largest electric cooperative.
Its service centers are located in Grand Rapids, Kettle River and Virginia, which are supported by five outpost facilities strategically located in Cook, Ely, McGregor, Remer and Saginaw.

Lake Country Power
2810 Elida Drive
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Phone: 1-800-421-9959
Website: lakecountrypower.coop
Email: generalquestion@lakecountrypower.com
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Approximate number of members: 48,577
Counties served: Parts of Aitkin, Carlton, Cass, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Pine, St. Louis
Year Incorporated: 1997

Lake Region Electric Cooperative

Lake Region Electric Cooperative is located in Pelican Rapids at the heart of Minnesota lake country. In 1937, friends and neighbors worked together to gain access to the benefits of electricity. A lot has changed over the years, but Lake Region’s mission remains the same: to provide reliable, affordable electricity to its members.

Lake Region Electric Cooperative
1401 South Broadway
P.O. Box 643
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572
Phone: 218-863-1171 or 1-800-552-7658
Website: lrec.coop
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Approx. Number of Members: 26,729
Counties served: Otter Tail, Wilkin and parts of surrounding counties
Year Incorporated: 1937

McLeod Cooperative Power Association

McLeod is proud to have served its area as a premier provider of electricity since 1935. McLeod Cooperative Power is a member-owned cooperative that provides electricity to more than 6,000 residents, businesses and industries in central Minnesota, primarily in McLeod, Renville, Sibley and Carver counties. McLeod also provides DIRECTV programming and other services to 5,000 homes in its service area.

McLeod Cooperative Power Association
1231 Ford Ave.
P.O. Box 70
Glencoe, MN 55336
Phone: 320-864-3148 or 1-800-494-6272
Website: mcleodcoop.com
Approximate number of members: 4,700
Counties served: McLeod, Renville, Sibley, Carver, parts of Meeker, Wright, Kandiyohi
Year Incorporated: 1935

Meeker Cooperative

Meeker is proud to have served the area as a premier provider of electricity since 1935. Meeker Cooperative Light and Power Association is a member-owned cooperative that provides electricity and other services to more than 7,600 residents, businesses and industries in six central Minnesota counties, including Meeker, Kandiyohi, McLeod, Renville, Stearns and Wright.

Meeker Cooperative
1725 U.S. Highway 12 East
Suite 100
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: 320-693-3231 or 1-800-232-6257
Website: meeker.coop
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Approximate number of members: 7,600
Counties served: Meeker, Renville, McLeod, Kandiyohi, Wright and Stearns
Year Incorporated: 1935

Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative

Mille Lacs Energy provides progressive, reliable electric services to most of Aitkin County and parts of Mille Lacs and Crow Wing counties. Members get the electric service they need as well as reliable information about efficiency and safety.

Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative
P.O. Box 230
Aitkin, MN 56431
Phone: 218-927-2191 or 1-800-450-2191
Website: mlecmn.net
E-mail: mlec@mlecmn.net
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Approx. Number of Members: 15,649
Counties served: Parts of Aitkin, Crow Wing and Mille Lacs
Year Incorporated: 1939

Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative

Since 1937, Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative (MVEC) has been committed to providing electric service beyond expectations. The cooperative’s 898-square-mile service area, covering nine counties, is continually changing and serves some of the fastest growing areas in the nation, with a diverse range of accounts served: small and large farms; rural and suburban residential areas; seasonal cabins; retail, entertainment and chain businesses; and large commercial and industrial accounts.

Utilizing state-of-the-art technology, MVEC works diligently to provide quality power at a competitive price. In addition to money-saving Energy Wise programs, the cooperative offers members real-time online power outage communications, a Wi-Fi thermostat program, account management through SmartHub and a summer energy challenge, which gives significant cash prizes back to the local community. MVEC is proud to be a local Touchstone Energy Cooperative.

Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative
125 Minnesota Valley Electric Drive
Jordan, MN 55352
Phone: 952-492-2313 or 1-800-282-6832
Website: mvec.net
Email: info@mvec.net
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Approximate number of members: 36,700
Counties served: Blue Earth, Carver, Dakota, Le Sueur, Rice, Scott, Sibley, Hennepin, Waseca
Year Incorporated: 1937

Nobles Cooperative Electric

Nobles Cooperative Electric serves Murray and Nobles counties along with portions of Cottonwood, Jackson, Lyon, Pipestone and Rock counties in southwestern Minnesota and Lyon and Osceola counties in Iowa.

Nobles Cooperative Electric is a distribution cooperative that provides service directly to residential and commercial members. The bulk of its power is provided by its generation and transmission (G & T) cooperative, Great River Energy.

As a small, local electric cooperative, Nobles knows and serves the needs of its members-owners who expect state-of-the-art technology, responsive service and reliable electricity.

Nobles Cooperative Electric
22636 US Highway 59
P.O. Box 788
Worthington, MN 56187-0788
Phone: 507-372-7331
Website: noblesce.coop
E-mail: nce@noblesce.com
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Approx. Number of Members: 5,085
Counties served: Nobles, Murray, parts of adjacent counties
Year Incorporated: 1936

North Itasca Electric Cooperative

North Itasca Electric Cooperative is headquartered in Bigfork, Minn. The co-op, which employs 18 people, provides energy and related services to approximately 5,300 members in Itasca, Koochiching and Beltrami counties. North Itasca Electric’s plant investments total $28 million; the co-op owns 804 miles of overhead distribution line and 515 miles of underground line.

North Itasca Electric Cooperative
301 S. Main Avenue
P.O. Box 227
Bigfork, MN 56628
Phone: 218-743-3131
Website: northitascaelectric.com
Email: support@nieci.com
Approximate number of members: 5,298
Counties served: Itasca, Beltrami, Koochiching
Year Incorporated: 1940

Redwood Electric Cooperative

Redwood Electric is one of the smallest co-ops in the state with no load over 150 kW. Redwood Electric and South Central Electric share Ron Horman as general manager.
Approximately 65 percent of the co-op’s members participate in load management programs.
Co-op members have generously given more than $40,000 to various nonprofits through Operation Round Up®.

Redwood Electric Cooperative
60 Pine Street
P.O. Box 15
Clements, MN 56224
Phone: 507-692-2214
Website: redwoodelectric.com
Approx. Number of Members: 2,466
Counties served: Redwood, Brown, Murray, Lyon, Cottonwood
Year Incorporated: 1937

Runestone Electric Association

Runestone Electric Association is committed to providing its members with reliable and affordable energy, value added services and exceptional customer service. It is Runestone Electric Association’s vision “to be better than our members expect us to be.”

Runestone Electric Association
6875 County Road 28 SW
Alexandria, MN 56308
Phone: 320-762-1121 or 1-800-473-1722
Website: runestoneelectric.com
Email: rea@runestoneelectric.com
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Approximate number of members: 14,000
Counties served: Douglas, Pope, Grant, Stevens, Stearns, Otter Tail, Todd
Year Incorporated: 1935

South Central Electric Association

South Central Electric Association is an electric utility serving members in parts of south central Minnesota, including all of Cottonwood and Watonwan counties as well as portions of Martin, Blue Earth, Brown and Murray counties.
South Central’s directors and 23 employees are dedicated to serving the electric needs of the area with reliable energy and outstanding customer service.

South Central Electric Association
71176 Tiell Drive
P.O. Box 150
St. James, MN 56081
Phone: 507-375-3164
Website: southcentralelectric.com
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Approximate number of members: 3,892
Counties served: Watonwan, Cottonwood and portions of Blue Earth, Brown, Martin, Murray
Year Incorporated: 1937

Stearns Electric Association

Stearns Electric Association is a member-owned electric cooperative. Since 1937, Stearns Electric Association has provided electricity and related products and services to Central Minnesota.
Today, Stearns Electric Association serves more than 24,000 members in six Central Minnesota counties, including Stearns, Todd, Morrison, Kandiyohi, Pope and Douglas.

Stearns Electric Association
900 Kraft Drive SE
P.O. Box 40
Melrose, MN 56352
Phone: 320-256-4241 or 1-800-962-0655
Website: stearnselectric.org
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Email: info@stearnselectric.org

Branch Office:
29643 Frontage Road
St. Joseph, MN 56374
Phone: 320-363-4630

Approximate number of members: 25,619
Counties served: Part of Stearns, Morrison, Todd, Pope, Douglas, Kandiyohi
Year Incorporated: 1937

 

Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric

Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric was formed on October 10, 1936, when Waseca Cooperative Electric and Steele County Cooperative Electric were merged into one organization with a combined membership of 860.

Since its beginning, the cooperative has grown steadily to its present membership of more than 9,000. A growing membership and increased loads created the need for power, lines and facilities. Today, SWCE has more than 1,900 miles of line and 16 substations for its 900-square-mile service territory.

Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric
2411 W. Bridge Street
P.O. Box 485
Owatonna, MN 55060
Phone: 507-451-7340 or 1-800-526-3514
Website: swce.coop
Email: swce@swce.coop
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Approx. Number of Members: 9,623
Counties served: Rice, Waseca, Steele, Blue Earth, Dodge, Goodhue, Freeborn, Faribault, LeSueur
Year Incorporated: 1936

Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative

Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative is a rural electric system in central Minnesota that is owned and controlled by the people to whom it supplies service. It is a non-profit, taxpaying, privately-owned and locally-managed utility operated by people working cooperatively to fulfill a common need.

Todd-Wadena, originally organized in 1940, now serves about 8,800 members with about 2,200 miles of line. Its service territory includes the majority of rural Todd and Wadena counties along with portions of Becker, Cass, Douglas, Hubbard, Ottertail and Morrison counties.

Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative
550 Ash Ave. NE
P.O. Box 431
Wadena, MN 56482
Phone: 218-631-3120 or 1-800-321-8932
Website: toddwadena.coop
Email: jgeorge@toddwadena.coop
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Approximate number of members: 8,800
Counties served: Todd, Wadena and portions of Becker, Ottertail, Morrison, Cass, Hubbard and Douglas
Year Incorporated: 1940

Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association

Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association offers energy efficiency programs, time-saving payment methods (online, over the phone or in person) and renewable energy alternatives. For nearly 70 years, Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association has been dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for its members. Wright Hennepin serves about 40,000 homes and businesses in Wright County and western Hennepin County.

Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association
6800 Electric Drive
P.O. Box 330
Rockford, MN 55373
Phone: 763-477-3000 or 1-800-943-2667
Website: whe.org
Email: info@whe.org
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Approximate number of members: 48,821
Counties served: Wright and western Hennepin
Year incorporated: 1937