History of Connexus Energy

Connexus Energy has served its communities for more than 80 years, since a group of residents formed the Anoka County Cooperative Light and Power Association in 1937, bringing electricity to the north metro. Today we serve 130,000 resident and business members in an area from St. Cloud to Stillwater.

The History Of Connexus Energy – A Timeline

Renewables all the way! Connexus Energy’s Ramsey campus is powered by 100% renewable energy

Connexus Energy’s solar plus battery storage facilities in Ramsey and Athens Township begin operations and gain national recognition.

Our community solar garden starts producing honey. Connexus, in partnership with Bolton Bees, creates the country's first bee apiary in a solar garden.

Connexus Energy builds what was at the time one of the largest community solar gardens in Minnesota and introduces the SolarWise program.

Connexus Energy commemorates its 75th Anniversary.

Connexus Energy reaches a significant milestone when employees record one million hours without a lost-time accident.

For the first time, Connexus Energy participates in the J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Survey of electric utilities and scores in the top ten.

Connexus plays a substantial role in bringing the Amber Alert program to Minnesota, and introduces the Cash Back program.

Connexus Energy becomes the first electric cooperative in Minnesota to serve 100,000 customers.

Anoka Electric Cooperative becomes Connexus Energy, and Service Guarantees are introduced.

Anoka Electric Cooperative moves its headquarters from Anoka to a new building in Ramsey, Minnesota, and for the first time in its history, all operations are at one location.

Anoka Electric Cooperative commemorates a milestone with a 50th Anniversary celebration.

A home economist shares the advantages of using electricity and provides tips on small appliance care, cooking, and laundering at a demonstration kitchen at the Anoka Electric Cooperative facility.

Population growth spreads into the northern suburbs from Minneapolis and St. Paul. Today, suburban development in the north metro continues at a rapid pace.

The cooperative achieves its original goal of bringing electricity to the farmers of north central Minnesota.

Anoka County Cooperative Light and Power Association headquarters in Anoka, Minnesota, which will serve as the general office complex for the next 44 years.

Anoka County Cooperative Light and Power Association changes its name to Anoka Electric Cooperative.

Anoka County Cooperative Light and Power Association is formed. A year later, the cooperative has more than 1,100 members.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt issues an executive order creating the Rural Electrification Administration (REA), bringing electricity to more than six million farms – nearly 90% of all farms in the United States.

Top 5 of 2020

Stable rates and $7.6 million in Cash Back to members are just two of the highlights from a memorable year.