Alliant Energy completes sale of its Minnesota electric system to electric cooperatives

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility today successfully closed the sale transaction of its Minnesota electric distribution assets to the 12 member cooperatives of Southern Minnesota Energy Cooperative (SMEC).

Effective July 31, SMEC member cooperatives are handling all aspects of electric service to 43,000 former Alliant Energy customers who have become member-owners of their local cooperatives as a result of the sale.

Affected customers have received a transition guide from Alliant Energy and a postcard stating the effective sale date and their new cooperative’s name and phone number. Customers have also received a welcome letter from their local cooperative.

We advise Minnesota customers:

  • Watch your mail for the name and contact information of the cooperative that serves you.
  • If you used Paperless Billing, watch your mail. Your final Alliant Energy bill will arrive in hard copy. It will not be sent electronically.
  • Review any payment programs you were using, such as Budget Billing, Automatic Payment, or Paperless Billing. After your service transfers and you have received a new account number, set aside time to re-enroll with your new cooperative.

The 12 member cooperatives are:

BENCO Electric Cooperative 888-792-3626
Brown County Rural Electrical Association 800-658-2368
Federated Rural Electric 800-321-3520
Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services 800-734-6421
Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative 952-492-2313
Nobles Cooperative Electric 800-776-0517
People’s Energy Cooperative 800-214-2694
Redwood Electric Cooperative 888-251-5100
Sioux Valley Energy 800-234-1960
South Central Electric Association 507-375-3164
Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric 800-526-3514
Tri-County Electric Cooperative. 800-432-2285

More information about the sale is at and To find out the name of the cooperative that serves you, refer to your mail or call 1-800-ALLIANT (800-255-4268).

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