Generation Portfolio

As part of its Joint System relationship with Minnkota Power Cooperative, the NMPA members have access to a diverse electric generation portfolio that includes coal, wind and hydro resources. In terms of nameplate electric generation capacity, about 55% is derived from coal, 34% from wind, 8% from hydro and 3% from other resources.

The Joint System participates in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) wholesale energy market to both buy and sell surplus power. MISO is a not-for-profit, member-based organization.

All of the Joint System’s generation and load is modeled, scheduled, dispatched and settled financially in the MISO market.
Renewable Energy Certificates
Each year the Joint System chooses to sell a portion of the renewable electricity (in the form of Renewable Energy Certificates, or RECs) generated from  the renewable facilities in our portfolio. These sales are to entities outside of the municipality, who wish to purchase renewable energy but may not be able to readily purchase it through their electric utility. A REC represents 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of  renewable electricity generated – meaning for every 1,000 kWh of electricity produced from a renewable generator, one REC is created. Electricity stripped of RECs is no longer renewable as that value has been sold to another.
about nmpa

Northern Municipal Power Agency is the wholesale energy supplier for 12 municipal utilities located in eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.

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Northern Municipal Power Agency
123 2nd Street West
Thief River Falls, MN 56701

(218) 681-0963

Mon - Fri 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.