History of Connexus Energy

Connexus 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 over 145,000 residential and business members in an area from St. Cloud to Stillwater.


New power supply and transmission services customer agreements with Great River Energy (GRE) begin on Jan. 1, giving Connexus the freedom to choose the best combination of technologies, services, tools and programs to manage the grid.


The new Connexus Energy app for iOS and Android offers members convenient account access to monitor energy usage, report outages and pay bills with their mobile phone or tablet.


Sunflower I solar array in Princeton and Sunflower II solar array in St. Francis come online to provide Connexus members in their host communities 10 MW of electricity with their single axis tracking panels that turn and follow the sun during the day like sunflowers.


Due to the Governor’s Stay at Home Order during the COVID-19 pandemic, attendance at the April 16 annual meeting is limited to only the Connexus Energy Board and director candidates; announcing the director election results is the sole agenda item at this unique annual meeting.


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


Connexus commemorates its 75th Anniversary.


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


For the first time, Connexus 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 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. In just over a year, 1,058 applicants pay their $2 membership fee to the cooperative.


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.

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