The information listed on this page is provided to help members learn more about renewale energy and guide them in interconnecting to the Cooperative's system. There are many factors to consider when installing a renewable energy source and we encourage members to contact us when weighing options to help them make an informed choice.
A change in state law enabled electric cooperative boards of directors to assume the authority delegated to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) over cooperatives under State Statute Section 216B.164 - Cogeneration and Small Power Production.
The Board of Directors of Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services assumed this authority, through resolution, at its September 26, 2017, Board meeting. At the same meeting, the Board also established rules consistent with PUC rules (Chapter 7835) for cogeneration and small power production systems interconnected to the Cooperative. Click here for a PDF of the rules or from the link below.
Please note that Freeborn-Mower Cooperative (FMCS) collects a Distribution Generation Grid Access Fee on new or expanded distributed generation systems (wind, solar, etc.) interconnected to the Cooperative's electric system in accordance with Minnesota Statute 261B.164. Systems interconnected with PEC prior to May 1, 2016, are not affected unless capacity is added. Additional capacity will be subject to the fee.
The access fee will be applied monthly at $3.03 per kW for each kW the facility's nameplate is above 3.5 kW to a maximum of $27.00 per month. For example, a 5 kW system would be charged for only 1.5 kW, which equates to $4.55 per month. The Cooperative will review the fee annually and provide notice of any changes. This fee is not intended to discourage development of distributed generation within the FMCS service territory. It is simply to recover costs for the system, done in a fair and equitable manner.
Distributed Generation Grid Access Fee
Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services is implementing a Distributed Generation Grid Access Fee on new distributed generation systems (wind, solar, etc.) interconnected to the Cooperative’s electric system after April 1, 2016.
For 2017, the fee will be $3.68 per kW, not to exceed $30.00 per month. The fee will be applied only for distributed generation in excess of 3.5 kW. For example, a 5 kW system would be charged for only 1.5 kW.
The Cooperative will review the fee annually and provide notice of any changes. The fee results from a 2015 change to Minnesota law authorizing electric cooperatives and municipal utilities to charge a cost recovery fee on distributed generation facilities. The fee will not be applied to any distributed generation systems that have an interconnection with FMCS prior to April 1, 2016. The fee allows electric cooperatives to recover some of the cost shift that had been occurring between distributed generators and the rest of the cooperative membership. Because distributed generators offset some or all of their energy usage, they no longer pay their fair share to maintain the electric distribution grid that had been recovered in the energy rate.
The fee is not intended to discourage development of distributed generation within the FMCS service territory. The fee is simply for distribution system cost recovery only, done in a fair and reasonable manner. For further information regarding distributed generation interconnection, contact: Mike Murtaugh or Al Stadheim at 507-373-6421 or 800-734-6421.