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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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 becomes Connexus Energy, and Service Guarantees are introduced.

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

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

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

Connexus Energy commemorates its 75th Anniversary.

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

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