In November, 2013, the Board of Directors approved an overall rate increase of 7.96% effective January 1, 2014. This increase will help Dakota Energy meet lender requirements and continue to keep electric service safe and reliable. Our annual cost of service study concluded that our facility charge and our cost per kWh sold should be higher than we are currently charging. For example, the new facility charge for a farm/residential service is $48.00 monthly. The actual cost to Dakota Energy for a farm/residential service is $72.69 per month. The facility charge is the portion of your payment that recovers some of the fixed costs for depreciation, taxes, interest, operations and maintenance of the electric distribution system.

Dakota Energy’s electric distribution system consists of 2,637 miles of power lines, which is expensive to build and maintain. Dakota Energy experiences that cost even if no one purchased power. Dakota Energy serves on average 1.26 members per mile of line, whereas municipal utilities and investor owned utilities serve on average 30+ members per mile of line. This means that the other utilities receive multiple times more revenue per mile of line than Dakota Energy. Therefore, they are better positioned to disperse their fixed costs to more consumers resulting in lower facility charge and lower energy charge than Dakota Energy.

As Dakota Energy moves forward, we offer a number of options to help member-consumers manage their power bills. Some of those services that our consumers find valuable are automatic payment options, budget billing, E-bill, sub-metered electric heat/cooling rates and energy efficiency programs.

To learn more about these programs or if you have questions regarding Dakota Energy’s rates please call us at 605-352-8591.

  • Residential & Small Farm Rate A
    $48 monthly
    • First 1,000 kWh @ $0.1150 / kWh
    • Excess @ $0.1075 / kWh
    • No Demand Charge
  • Large Commercial Single Phase
    $48 monthly
    • First 1,000 kwh @ $0.11000 / kwh
    • Excess @ $0.10250 / kwh
    • Billing Demand Charge: $11.00 / kw
  • Small Commercial Three Phase
    $144 monthly
    • First 1,000 kWh @ $0.10300 / kwh
    • Excess @ $0.09550 / kwh
    • No Demand Charge
  • Irrigation Pivot Only
    $720 yearly
    • First 1,000 kwh @ $0.11500 / kwh
    • Excess @ $0.107500 / kwh
    • No Demand Charge
    • No Capacity Charge
  • Irrigation Pump & Pivot

    Controlled

    • Capacity Charge: $33.00 / kw
    • Demand Charge: $14.50 / kw
    • Energy Charge: $0.08400 / kwh
    • Must Participate in Load Control
  • Irrigation Pump & Pivot

    UNCONTROLLED

    • Capacity Charge: $31.00 / kw
    • Demand Charge: $9.00 / kw
    • First 100 kwh/kw @ $0.09400 / kwh
    • Excess @ $0.08400 / kwh