Local Democracy Legislation

The Arrowhead Cooperative Board of Directors will hold a forum for cooperative members about the possibility of adopting the authority of the distributed generation section of Minnesota Statues 216B.164. This Local Democracy legislation passed during the 2017 legislative session and was signed by Governor Dayton. This forum will be an opportunity for Arrowhead Electric Cooperative members to learn about this legislation and provide input into the adoption of the distributed generation rules locally.

The Local Democracy legislation affects the distributed generation section of the statue and brings it in line with the rest of Minnesota law as it applies to rates, fees, and charges that electric cooperatives set. Municipal utilities have had similar authority for over 30 years. Electric cooperatives will still follow the law as laid out by M.S. 216B.164.

To adopt the authority to implement this section of the new law, the board will need to pass a resolution assuming the authority to regulate and adopt rules to implement this section of the statute. Changing this rule will ensure local decision-making, but it will not substantively change the way our cooperative interacts with distributed generation member-owners.

Arrowhead Cooperative members are invited to attend a forum on Thursday, September 28th at 1:30pm in the Lutsen office where the Board will give background information on the Statute and proposed rules and address member questions on the topic.

Copies of the proposed rules may be obtained in person at the Arrowhead Cooperative main office or electronically below.

If you have any questions please contact Member Services Manager, Yusef Orest, at 218-663-7239. Written comments on the proposed resolution and rules can be sent to:

Board Of Directors
Arrowhead Cooperative
PO Box 39
Lutsen, MN 55612

Written comments will be accepted through October 6, 2017.

Proposed Cooperative Cogeneration Rules Implementing 216B.164

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