Electric Utility Regulators

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and Department of Commerce play a regulatory role for investor-owned utilities (IOUs) in the rate-making process to provide checks and balances, and to ensure compliance with local, state and federal laws and policies.

While Minnesota’s electric cooperatives are not rate-regulated,* they are subject to oversight through hundreds of Minnesota state statutes and by the PUC. We also follow Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, National Electrical Safety Code® standards and Environmental Protection Agency regulations, to name just a few.

*Dakota Electric Association is rate-regulated by the MN PUC

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  • Minnesota Public Utilities Commission

    Regulates the rates, services and/or policies of natural gas, electricity, and telecommunications providers. Approves resource plans for large electric utilities. Grants Certificates of Need for large energy facilities, including power plants and transmission lines. Approves financial incentives for energy conservation and serves as board of appeals for the Conservation Improvement Program. Approves co-generation and small power generation resources.

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  • Minnesota Department of Commerce

    Provides analysis and technical assistance to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Participates in proceedings before the Commission, including rate cases, resource plans, and certificates of need. Conducts the environmental review for large energy projects and provides technical expertise regarding their siting and routing.

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  • USDA Rural Utilities Service

    Makes infrastructure and infrastructure improvements, including electric power infrastructure, in rural communities. Provides capital and leadership to maintain, expand, upgrade and modernize America’s vast rural electric infrastructure. Provides loans and loan guarantees to finance the construction or improvement of electric distribution, transmission and generation facilities in rural areas. Funds demand-side management, energy efficiency and conservation programs, and on-and off-grid renewable energy systems.

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Help make sure policymakers and candidates represent the interests of all Minnesotans!

Minnesota’s electric cooperatives power more than 855,000 homes, farms and businesses across all 87 counties, which gives us a unique perspective on the diverse opportunities and challenges facing the state.

We advocate for safe, affordable, reliable electricity – delivered in a responsible manner as well as promoting a bright and continuous economic future for our state and members.

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