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Adoption of Minnesota Statute 216B.164 (Local Democracy)

During the 2017 Legislative Session the Minnesota Legislature passed and the Governor signed a provision that reduces duplicative regulation on your electric cooperative. This local democracy legislation returns some balance to the regulatory process, ensuring decisions that impact member-owners of cooperatives are made locally by your elected board of directors. While electric cooperatives are already locally regulated in most areas, this legislation made an important clarification, one that will allow for innovation in response to member’s needs and wants for years to come.

The legislation impacts the distributed generation section of statute and brings it in line with the rest of Minnesota Statute as it applies to rates, fees and charges of electric cooperatives. Electric cooperatives still must follow the law as laid out by the legislature in this section. The provision that the legislature recently passed and the Governor signed allows for cooperatives to adopt the authority implementing this section of statute (Minnesota Statute 216B.164). To do so a cooperative has to pass a resolution adopting this authority and adopt rules implementing this section of statute.

The provision that the legislators recently passed and the Governor signed allows for cooperatives to adopt the authority implementing this section of the statute (Minnesota Statute 216B.164). To do so a cooperative must pass a resolution adopting this authority and adopt rules implementing this section of statute.

At the August board meeting of Meeker Cooperative’s board of directors, the adoption of this authority will be addressed. Directors and staff will be reviewing the applicable law (MN 216B.164) and discussing a resolution and rules implementing the section of statute. The purpose of this change is to secure local decision-making, not to substantively change the way your cooperative interacts with distributed generation. If you are interested in this change please contact us with your concerns or plan to attend the meeting in person.

The proposed rules can be found here.  If you prefer, you may obtain a copy by calling or mailing the co-op and we will send you a copy. 

If you are interested in this change we have provided the following options for you to contact us.  

 

Additionally, if you wish to attend the August Board Meeting (Monday August 28) to discuss the rules implementing this statute, please contact Tim Mergen so that your name can be placed on the agenda.

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