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Board to Discuss New Legislation

Members Can Attend a Board Session on Local Democracy Legislation December 21 at 10:30 a.m.

During the 2017 session, the Minnesota Legislature passed, and Governor Dayton signed, a provision that reduces duplicated regulation over electric cooperatives. This local democracy legislation ensures decisions that impact members of Crow Wing Power (CWP) are made by your fellow co-op members who serve on CWP’s Board of Directors and not the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC).

The legislation impacts how decisions are made about distributed generation (DG). DG is when a member installs equipment to generate electricity such as solar or wind power at their home, business, or other privately-owned property that is to be connected to the electric grid.

Electric cooperatives still must follow the law as laid out by the legislature in this section. The provision merely clarifies that if the Board of Directors adopts it, they will be the regulatory body responsible for balancing interests within the law, rather than the PUC.

The municipal utilities in Minnesota have had similar authority in Minnesota for over 30 years. With the passage of the provision, the legislature affirmed the value of local decision making for rural electric cooperatives across Minnesota.

On December 21, at 10:30 a.m. your Board of Directors will consider adoption of this authority. Directors and staff will be reviewing the applicable law (MN 216b.164) and discussing a resolution and rules implementing the section of the statute.

The purpose of this change is to secure local decision-making, not to substantively change the way your cooperative interacts with DG. If you are interested in learning how this legislation affects distributed generation, you can attend the meeting.

Draft rules and a proposed contract are available here.


WHAT: Crow Wing Power will hold a member forum to address adoption of Minnesota Statute 216B.164

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 21, 2017.

WHERE: Crow Wing Power Headquarters, Hwy 371 N., Brainerd, MN

WHY: Members who are interested in learning how this legislation affects distributed generation are encouraged to attend. Members will have the opportunity to provide feedback.

WHAT ELSE: Submit questions or concerns to



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