Powering what’s possible

We provide wholesale electric service to our 28 member cooperatives which distribute electricity to approximately 665,000 member consumers in Minnesota - or about 1.7 million people.

21 Jul

Energy market driving changes to electricity supply

Inexpensive natural gas and fuel-free generation resources combining to drive down short-term market price for electricity With increasing levels of variable resources, such as wind, flexibility is becoming more important to electric utilities. Natural gas power plants are able to quickly ramp up or down electricity production, making them complementary to renewables. Coal-based plants can […]

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21 Jul

Business improvements reach a quarter-billion

One of the unique aspects of Great River Energy’s culture is the encouragement and acceptance of new ideas from every employee. This continuous search for better methods is known across the company as business improvement. “Great River Energy introduced business improvement in 2002 to inspire operational efficiencies and document cost savings. We never envisioned it […]

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21 Jul

Longtime chair Hanson passes

Henry Hanson, former chair of the boards of Nobles Cooperative Electric and of Great River Energy, passed away in early July. During Hanson’s tenure as Great River Energy board chair from 2000 to 2008, he oversaw some of the most significant changes at Great River Energy. Hanson led the board of directors through the construction […]

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21 Jul

Department of Energy official visits Coal Creek Station

David Farnsworth (at right, wearing green hard hat) of Great River Energy gives a tour of Coal Creek Station to David Mohler, deputy assistant secretary for clean coal and carbon management within the Office of Fossil Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (fourth from right). Mohler was in Bismarck to attend the Mid-America Regulatory […]

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As a cooperative, Great River Energy is owned and operated by the members it serves. Our 28 member cooperatives are an essential part of our organization.

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