MiEnergy Cooperative was formed in 2017 after members of Hawkeye REC and Tri-County Electric Cooperative overwhelmingly voted to merge the two cooperatives.
MiEnergy provides electric energy to about 22,800 services in southeastern Minnesota and northern Iowa. The cooperative also provides electric service to eleven municipal communities in Minnesota that distribute the energy to their community residents. The ten municipals are Caledonia, Eitzen, Harmony, Lanesboro, Lawler, Mabel, Peterson, Rushford, Spring Grove, St. Charles and Whalan.
MiEnergy distributes its electric energy through nearly 5,700 miles of power lines covering Winona, Fillmore, Houston, Mower and Olmsted counties in Minnesota, and Allamakee, Howard, Chickasaw and Winneshiek counties in Iowa.
The cooperative has locations in Rushford, Minnesota and Cresco, Iowa. Outpost facilities in Minnesota are located in Caledonia, Harmony and Spring Valley. MiEnergy maintains 24 hour, around-the-clock electric service. Crews are available to ensure quality service at all times. The cooperative is staffed by 80 local employees dedicated to delivering quality services to its member consumers.
Alliant Energy, headquartered in Madison, Wisc., is MiEnergy’s wholesale power supplier for the service territory in purchased as part Southern Minnesota Energy Cooperative (SMEC). In 2015 SMEC, a group of 12 electric distribution cooperatives, purchased Alliant Energy’s Minnesota electric distribution assets.
Dairyland Power Cooperative
MiEnergy's wholesale electric power supplier is Dairyland Power Cooperative. Dairyland Power Cooperative based in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, provides the wholesale electrical requirements and other services for MiEnergy and 24 other distribution cooperatives in Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin.
MISO (Midcontinent Independent System Operator)
As a Regional Transmission Organization, MISO is an essential link in the safe delivery of electric power across all or parts of 15 U.S. states and the Canadian province of Manitoba. MISO operates a wholesale market where electric energy is bought and sold and transmission is regulated. Dairyland Power Cooperative (MiEnergy's wholesale power supplier) is a member of MISO.