Monthly Archives: November 2015

Cross-company team charged with Clean Power Plan compliance

Since the final Clean Power Plan was announced in August, Great River Energy has put in place resources inside and outside the company to assure the cooperative understands exactly what the rule requires and what strategies will help it comply with the least impact to cooperative members. A Clean Power Plan steering committee consisting of […]

Cooperatives complete 19th solar installation

Two years’ worth of planning, construction and knowledge acquisition of solar energy technology have culminated in the addition of 19 fully installed and commissioned 20-kilowatt (kW) arrays at Great River Energy member distribution cooperatives across Minnesota. Spread throughout Minnesota, these generation resources will begin collecting energy from the sun and data to learn about the […]

Students dig deep to help bees, butterflies and other pollinators

On Oct. 20, fifth-graders from Franklin Elementary in Anoka, Minn., made a positive difference in native Minnesota habitats by planting harebell, pussytoes and long-leaved bluets around a new solar array at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland, Minn. Shovels in hand, the enthusiastic students planted flowers to help ensure a diverse future for northwoods […]

New program taps into thermostat for energy, money savings

Great River Energy recently entered into a partnership with EnergyHub, the leading provider of connected device management for utilities, for its member cooperatives to launch their own Bring Your Own Thermostat℠ (BYOT) demand response program. Currently, Great River Energy’s demand response programs use radio receivers to control home cooling and heating systems. With the BYOT […]

Consumers focused on ‘easy’ energy efficiency measures

Even though consumers are feeling better about the economy and the growing supply of domestic energy resources, they remain committed to reducing electricity consumption, according to an annual study from the Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions. The 2015 survey of more than 1,500 household decision makers, however, finds most consumers adopting basic energy-cutting practices but […]

Budget, forecast detail five-year rate stability

At its November meeting, Great River Energy’s board of directors approved the cooperative’s 2016 budget and rate forecast. “By taking a long-term view of financial needs, we moderated rate increases while continuing to maintain reliable generation and transmission assets,” said Great River Energy Vice President and CFO Larry Schmid. “We will continue to seek efficiencies […]