Innovative Energy Alliance Cooperative
Innovative Energy Alliance Cooperative Provides Management Services
The Boards of Director of Mor-Gran-Sou, Slope and Roughrider electric cooperatives formalized a management alliance effective January 1, 2008. The new management alliance was called Innovative Energy Alliance, LLC.
Donald Franklund and Chris Baumgartner served as Co-General Managers/CEOs. Franklund served as general manager/CEO of Mor-Gran-Sou for 13 years. Baumgartner began at IEA on May 21, 2012. He had previously worked for Basin Electric Power Cooperative. Baumgartner replaced Clayton Hoffman, who retired in January, 2013. Effective the end of July, 2017, Baumgartner resigned from IEAC to return to Basin Electric Power Cooperative.
On June 1, 2012, IEA was contracted to provide management services for KEM Electric Cooperative until the end of the year. KEM had the option of requesting to become a full member in IEA. KEM submitted such a request and after each present IEA member cooperative had approved the request, the IEA Board of Directors voted on August 14, 2012 to accept KEM as a full member of IEA, LLC effective January 1, 2013.
Presently, IEA also provides management services to 3C Construction, LLC; West Dakota Utility Service, LLC; West Dakota Real Estate, LLC; and West Dakota Temporary Employment Solutions, LLC. These services are under West Dakota Utility Holdings, LLC. IEA has offices in the 3C Construction building in northwest Mandan at 4001 30th Avenue NW, and also at NISC located at 3201 Nygren Drive NW, Mandan, ND .
IEA has an eight member board of directors, made up of two directors from each of the alliance member co-ops. They meet at least quarterly, and hold an annual meeting within the first quarter of each year.
IEA has 14 employees. Besides Franklund, they are: Charlie Dunbar - Chief of Information Officer; Rob Kelly - Manager of Engineering; Travis Kupper - Chief Financial Officer; Teresa Bauer - Manager of Human Resources; Darren Stastny - Safety Coordinator; Trisha Samuelson - Assistant Engineering Manager; Taylor Van Dyke - Civil Engineer I; Linda Peterson and Sandi Wade - Accountant II's; Adam Bloms - System Administrator; Joe Volk - Transmission & Substation Maintenance Manager; Sarah Helbling - HR Specialist; and Carmen Devney - Communications Coordinator. IEA works closely with the senior staff and employees at each member Alliance cooperative by sharing skill sets and associated costs.
John Lee Njos, director of Slope Electric and past chairman of the Innovative Energy Alliance, LLC Board of Directors, stated "The Alliance is helping all co-ops bring technology together to save costs and help build stronger cooperatives."
In November, 2016, Innovative Energy Alliance, LLC converted to Innovative Energy Alliance Cooperative. IEA, LLC was officially dissolved at the Annual Meeting on February 10, 2017.