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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.

16 Feb
News from Great River Energy

Wind drives new grid paradigm

Rise of wind alters traditional view of baseload energy  Ten years ago, the Midwest energy market included 1,000 megawatts of wind generation. Today, there are 15,000 megawatts – and more development is expected. As wind turbines have filled in the countryside, forecasting and control technologies have improved, transforming the once-disruptive technology into one of the […]

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16 Feb

Soybean plant coming to Spiritwood Energy Park

The Minnesota Soybean Processors (MnSP) announced they are taking steps toward the construction of a $240 million soybean processing plant fueled by steam from Great River Energy’s Spiritwood Station power plant. The plant would be an integrated soybean crush facility and refinery, crushing 125,000 bushels of soybeans per day to produce soybean meal, oil and […]

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16 Feb

Co-ops collaborating to bring broadband to rural communities

Electric cooperatives turned the lights on for many rural residents who were left in the dark until the 1930s. Now they plan to connect members to the world through broadband deployment in those same communities. A federal court last year defined broadband as a utility – ranking it as essential as electricity and the phone […]

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15 Feb

Advanced meters lay groundwork for new capabilities

Great River Energy and its members continue to install technologies that will allow for more service options for customers in the future. Advance metering infrastructure (AMI) is a key technology that can enable a multitude of grid enhancements and benefits to customers, including improved reliability, more information with which to make decisions on energy use […]

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