The Electric Grid Connects Us All (NRECA Video)
To meet the expanding energy needs of its members, Dairyland maintains nearly 3,200 miles of transmission lines. Through regular maintenance and upgrades of the transmission system, member cooperatives are assured of a reliable supply of electricity. The line construction projects also include design upgrades that result in reduced energy loss and increased cost savings.
Managing the transmission portion of Dairyland’s operations requires planning with other utilities, normally as part of a regional transmission organization (RTO). Dairyland is an active member of MISO (Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc.) and works to ensure that cooperative perspectives are included in decisions regarding the management of the vast electricity grid.
Ever-growing residential and business electrical use poses a troubling burden on the region’s aging transmission system. The Project Updates page provides an overview of current projects underway, which Dairyland is part of, in order to help ensure safe, reliable and affordable electricity to our region's utility customers.