Stearns Electric Association serves nearly 30,000 customers in the Central MN region: Stearns, Todd, Morrison, Kandiyohi, Pope and Douglas counties. It is a member of the Great River Energy (GRE) electric co-op. GRE is the second largest wholesale electric power supplier in Minnesota and the fifth largest generation and transmission (G&T) cooperative in the U.S. serving approximately 1.7 million people .
With the new AMR system, hourly, daily, and monthly readings are automatically sent to Stearns Electric Association. The AMR meters by Stearns Electric are automatically read at midnight on the first of the month. Stearns Electric also expects other benefits of the AMR system to include: enhancing outage restoration, providing members with more information about their individual usage and providing the cooperative with valuable information on equipment loading and load management.