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New Electric Service

To start a new electric service, when there has not been previous service at the property, MLEC will require the following signed paperwork plus a deposit or satisfactory credit history with MLEC: 

You may come to our Aitkin office or contact us by phone or email with the new service information.  If you contact us by phone, you will be sent the paperwork. If you come to our office, we can take care of the paperwork at that time.

A staking technician will visit your site to determine the construction route and fees. Your cost contribution is based on $3.50 per foot for single phase power up to 1,000 feet.  You will be charged actual estimated costs for any footage distances over 1,000 feet.  This payment is required before construction begins.

You will also be required to pay a transformer fee of $500 if a new transformer needs to be set for your service.

We encourage you to meet with us on site to discuss the location of your meter loop.

A distance less than 300 feet will be constructed overhead unless it's an extension of an existing underground installation.

If underground service is requested for under 300 feet that is not an extension of an existing underground installation, the request will be granted if you pay $1,050 for a minimum distance of 300 feet.

All fees for any special permits such as those required for road crossings and the DNR are your responsibility. Permits are not applied for until all paperwork and payments are received in our office. MLEC will help you apply for any permits you may need. The length of time to receive permits is dependent on the agencies involved.

It is your responsibility to provide a meter loop with an appropriate disconnect.  Services of 200 amps or more require a meter base equipped with built-in bypass capability.  By State Electrical Code, all wiring must be inspected by the state electrical inspector.  All commercial wiring must be installed by a licensed electrician.  Residential wiring may be installed by either the homeowner or a licensed electrician. A list of electricians is available at OR, for your convenience, the cooperative will coordinate the meter loop installation for you.  If you choose this option, your installed cost is $840.00 for a 200 amp loop payable prior to installation.  The loop will include a meter base/disconnect combination unit with eight additional breaker spaces, one 20 amp circuit breaker and a weather proof GFI receptacle.   Meter loops are maintained and owned by the property owner as are any wires beyond the meter loop.   The meter is maintained by and remains the property of the Cooperative.       

Call MLink to MLEC Owner's Manual and Member Informationember Services at 218-429-0433 (local, Aitkin) or 800-497-5310; or, email

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