Local Democracy clarifies that the boards of directors of electric cooperatives in the State of Minnesota are responsible for regulating their electric cooperative under Minnesota Statute 216B.164, as they do elsewhere under Minnesota Law. This Local Democracy provision applies only to electric cooperatives, and only to Minnesota Statute 216B.164. Local Democracy does not exclude electric cooperatives from any legal obligations under Minnesota Statute 216B.164. The provisions that the legislature recently passed, and the Governor signed, allow for electric cooperatives to adopt the authority to implement this section of Minnesota Statute 216B.164.
Municipal utilities in the State of Minnesota have had similar authority for over 30 years. As a locally owned electric cooperative, we know that local decision making can result in providing you, our member, with unique rate structures, products, and services that reflect our local community's needs while helping to keep administrative costs down.
To adopt the authority to implement the provisions of Minnesota Statute 216B.164, an electric cooperative must pass a resolution adopting this authority; and, they must adopt rules implementing this section of statute. Please take a moment to view a draft copy of the Cooperative Rules Implementing 216B.164 and draft copy of the Uniform Small CoGen Cooperative Contract.