Local Democracy Information

Local Democracy Legislation
Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services Accepts Written Comments From Members:

During the 2017 Minnesota Legislative Session, Governor Dayton signed a provision that reduces the duplicative regulation on electric cooperatives. 

This local democracy legislation streamlines the regulatory process, ensuring decisions that impact Freeborn-Mower Cooperative members are made locally by your elected board of directors. 

The legislation impacts the distributed generation section of the statute and brings it in line with the rest of the Minnesota Statute as it applies to rates, fees and charges of electric cooperatives. 

The recently approved provision allows for cooperatives to adopt the authority to implement this section of statute (Minnesota Statute 216B.164) in compliance with the law as laid out by the legislature.  To do so, Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services must formally assume this authority form the Public Utilities Commission by passion a resolution adopting this authority and the rules pertaining to its implementation.

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.  It is important to note that the purpose of this authority is to secure local decision making, not to substantively change the way we interact with distributed generation facilities. 

Members who would like to share comments regarding the policies being drafted for our cooperative regarding Minnesota Statute 216B.164 as it relates to cogeneration and Small Power Production should do so in writing to:

Jim Krueger
Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services
PO Box 611
Albert Lea MN 56007

Please submit comments by August 22, 2017.                                                          

Your Freeborn-Mower Cooperative board of directors will be discussing its adoption of the authority during the August 29th board meeting. 

Minnesota Statute 216B.164