Network Facts

North Dakota's electric distribution cooperatives serve in every county in the state.
They receive power from generation and transmission cooperatives. Members
of electric cooperatives have a share in the ownership of the entire network and
are allocated credits for their patronage over time.


Distribution Cooperatives

  • Sixteen distribution cooperatives serve 250,000 North Dakotans through 196,000 meters
  • Own 65,000 miles of distribution power lines
  • Sell the majority of all retail electricity in North Dakota
  • Invested more than $1 billion in distribution facilities
  • Employ more than 700 people
  • Operate as non-profit, member-owned enterprises

Generation & Transmission Cooperatives

  • Five generation and transmission cooperatives operate in North Dakota
  • Own 7,300 miles of transmission line
  • Represents the majority of all coal-based generation
  • Invested more than $5 billion in North Dakota's energy industry
  • Employ approximately 1,850 people in North Dakota 
  • Invested more than $2 billion in environmental equipment and controls.