Dakota Energy Cooperative files papers to leave East River Electric

HURON, S.D. (WNAX) – Dakota Energy Cooperative, based in Huron, has filed legal documents to begin the process of leaving their parent cooperative, East River Electric. A statement from the cooperative points to rising electricity costs as the reason for the move.

Chris Studer, with East River Electric, says the members came together many years ago to form their cooperative.

Studer says leaving the cooperative is a risk for Dakota Energy and their members.

Studer says all the members of the cooperative have signed long term contracts, some of which go out over 50 years.

No court date has been set to hear Dakota Energy’s complaint.