8/8/2019 4:31:00 PM MN PUC okays
swap for ECE
Some 40 years ago state officials divided up service areas for electrical systems in Minnesota-- and East Central Electric and North Branch Water & Light have co-existed ever since. When a building development comes in and it makes more sense to switch service areas, the two utilities will sit down and work things out and that’s what’s happening for the new addition to the Lucht’s Crossing housing plat.
The MN Public Utilities Commission in July approved a request from the two electric service providers to transfer the Lucht’s addition to Water & Light. The area is south of Hwy. 95 and east of 14, where the former county poor farm/nursing home was located.
ECE spokesperson Lynzie Kelly explained that once Water & Light has infrastructure extended to the connection point it could take two hours or less to perform the transfer. The power gets disconnected from the ECE grid and connected into North Branch Water and Light’s.
Kelly said it makes sense that the area west of the freeway in North Branch will remain in ECE service territory. Pockets of housing development that will result in customers in two different adjacent territories, might necessitate transfer of territory.
The MN Public Utilities Commission was advised in its information that the switch would take place sometime this summer. North Branch Water & Light management did not return a message left at the office.