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"The centralized location, telecommunications support and affordable building opportunities were key reasons for our choice to locate in the Brainerd Lakes Area."

— John Rose, Vice President of Facilities and Real Estate, Northern Tool & Equipment
  INFRASTRUCTURE > Utilities  
 

Local utilities feature below-average rates

Local utilities in the Brainerd Lakes Area continue to meet the demands of growing commercial, residential and industrial sectors.
With ongoing upgrades and enhancements where needed, utilities also add services and features that are most often sought after by companies and industries that succeed in today's market. Utility rates in this area are below the state and region averages.
 
Electric Information

 Utility

Description

Company
Rate Code

Peak kW

Estimated

Load Factor

Est kWH

Monthly Cost

Avg Price

Per kWh

 Minnesota Power Commercial 25/35 50   42% 15,120   **$1,190      $0.079  

 (rate book)

LLP 75 150   70% 75,600   **$4,870      $0.064  
  LLP 75 300   56% 120,960   **$8,241      $0.068  
  LLP 75 1000   70% 504,000   **$31,440      $0.062  
 Crow Wing Power Commercial 30 50   42% 15,330  *$1,626      $0.1061  
  Large Power 30 150   70% 75,650  *$6,917      $0.0902  
  Large Power 30 300   56% 122,640  *$11,565      $0.0943  
  Large Power 30 1000   70% 511,000 *$46,114      $0.0902  
 Brainerd Public Utilities Commercial  40 50   42% 15,120           $1,377 $0.0875  
  Commercial  40 150   70% 75,600          $5,307 $0.0690  
  LLP  46 300   56% 120,960          $9,516 $0.0769  
  LLP  46 1000   70% 504,000       $34,849 $0.0682  
               
Source: BLAEDC Research, March, 2013.
NOTE: Estimated costs reflect published rates/fuel adjustments. Contact company for current rate information. NOTE: LLP = Large Light and Power. 
** MN Power estimates DO NOT include a monthly fuel adjustment or sales taxes.

Water Information
                     
Baxter 5.000  1.000  2.500  2,400,000 2,400,000  Yes
Groundwater
Wells
Fluoride
Chlorine
$3,100 
 ERU  
$25.65 base rate;
$2.82/1,000 gal
Brainerd 7.300  1.300  2.500  1,600,000  3,400,000  Yes Groundwater Wells  Fluoride  $1,400 
$35 large comm.;
+$2.20/1,000 gal.
Pequot Lakes  0.432  0.095  0.194  200,000  250,000  Yes Groundwater Wells Fluoride Chlorine Potassium Permanganate  $2,900 
ERC
$19.87 first 5,000 gal; $6.96/1,000 gal thereafter
Cuyuna 0.200  0.100  0.120  40,000  60,000  No
Groundwater
Wells 
Fluoride
Chlorine
Polyphosphate
   
Crosby 0.720  0.225  0.300  300,000  410,000   Yes
Groundwater
Wells 
Fluoride
Chlorine
Potassium
Permanganate 
$500 
$4.65 base rate;
$4.02/1,000 gal 
Deerwood 0.026  .0520  0.120  50,000  50,000  No Groundwater Wells
 Fluoride
Chlorine
Polyphosphate
 $600  $9.72 first 1,000 gal; $5.20/1,000 gal thereafter
Source: BLAEDC Research, March, 2013. Click community name to email each community for additional information. Rates are for commercial accounts unless otherwise noted. Call individual city for residential rates. NOTE: gal = gallons, ERU = Equivalent Residential Unit. 

Wastewater Information
               
Baxter SBR Plant   2.000   0.500  0.718  Yes $3,400/ERU              $26.02 base rate         
+ $3.64/1,000 gal.       
Brainerd SBR Plant  4.000  1.600  2.300   Yes     $1,900
$3.40/1,000 gal;
+ $22 monthly charge
Nisswa Aerated Pond System  0.111  0.101  0.171  Minimal    $6,500/ERC  $122.77/ERC/qtr
Pequot Lakes Aerated Pond System  0.122  0.058  0.073  Yes