FAQ: Consumer-owned wind or solar generation

Interested in installing a wind or solar generator? Here are the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions on the topic.

Eighty-eight solar panel sit on the roof of Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge, a Dakota Valley member near Cayuga. “We’re expecting to offset the costs of our shop and sell any extra back to the grid,” Rob Bundy, Tewaukon project leader says.

How much will I be paid for electricity I sell back to Dakota Valley (DVEC)? 
4.3 cents per kilowatt-hour (KWH), as set by our board.

How will I know how much electricity I sell back to DVEC?
DVEC will install a new, member-purchased revenue meter, to correctly meter the Continue reading

Q&A: Line extension policy changes increase power quality

Manager of Engineering Gary Allen answers questions about recent policy changes related to cooperative line extension.

What is the size limit on single-phase service locations?
“We’ve determined a maximum size of 150 kilovolt amps (kVA). This allows a total of 150 kilowatts (kW) for residential loads, or a total of 200-horse-power (hp) for grain handling systems and other motor loads.”

Is this something new at the cooperative?
“No, however explaining it in a policy is new. In the past, we’ve determined the maximum size on an individual basis. With our old method it was possible to consume all of the available capacity at one location. This new broad spectrum approach makes it fairer for everyone on a circuit. And the policy was designed so it would minimize objectionable events that occur as a result of motor starting and the like.”

What problems are addressed because of the policy?
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Economic development funding buys clinic technology

Printed in the June 2011 issue of Dakota Valley News Magazine.

Dakota Valley Electric Cooperative’s Economic Development Fund (EDF) played a major role in supporting the new
Sheyenne Valley Veterinary Services clinic in Milnor, North Dakota.

The new Sheyenne Valley Veterinary building is located across the highway from Dakota Valley Electric's Milnor, ND office.

Via a seven-year, 1-percent interest loan, Dakota Valley’s EDF allowed the cooperative to spur economic growth at the same time it helped the clinic, located right across the road from Dakota Valley’s Milnor office, with purchases of equipment. Continue reading

Generations of Dreams — Sheyenne Valley Veteranary Services

Printed in the June 2011 issue of Dakota Valley News Magazine. Photos and story by Kirsti Craig.

With the help of Dakota Valley Electric’s Economic Development Fund, rural North Dakotan and Veterinarian Dr. Kathy Pfingsten made her grandfather’s dream of owning a clinic a reality.

“He dreamed I would one day have my own practice,” Dr. Kathy Pfingsten, owner of Sheyenne Valley Veterinary Service in Milnor, says of her maternal grandfather, William James Cockrum.

Dr. Kathy Pfingsten stands with her daughter Hallie by a photo of Kathy’s grandfather hanging in the lobby of Sheyenne Valley Veterinary Services in Milnor, ND.

In the lobby of their new clinic, Pfingsten and her husband Leon – who farms between Sheldon and McLeod – hung a framed photo of Grandpa Bill standing with his horse. On it, a favorite quote further reveals his apparent equestrian love: “God forbid that I would go to any heaven where there are no horses.”

Pfingsten’s love of animals is obviously a family trait, linking all the generations, including her 1-year-old daughter, Hallie. Continue reading