Monthly Archives: December 2015

Winter construction benefits environment

Orange cones in the summer and you know to expect road construction. Orange cones in the wintertime are often for utility vehicles constructing power line projects. That’s because winter is an optimal time for constructing power line projects for myriad reasons, including environmental benefits. Great River Energy positions its transmission construction calendar to maximize the […]

Cooperatives care for the communities they serve

Electric cooperatives were formed nearly 80 years ago to provide electricity to underserved communities. Today, co-ops are also invested in the sustainability of the areas they serve in ways that extend well beyond reliable electric service. In addition to their day-to-day efforts to keep the lights on, electric cooperatives support the community through routine actions, […]

Donation supports POW/MIA memorial

Great River Energy was recognized in 2015 for its support of a newly completed POW/MIA memorial at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Mandan, N.D. During the ceremony, Virgil Horst, project manager and member of the Vietnam Vets/Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club, thanked the donors, saying, “one that really stepped up to the plate was Great […]

Unprecedented donation given to United Way

When Great River Energy no longer needed a temporary office space in Marshall, Minn., the cooperative found a way to leave a lasting impact in the community. Great River Energy donated to the United Way of Southwest Minnesota office furniture and supplies from their 4,000-square-foot rental space in Marshall, Minn. The space had been the […]

‘Cooperative difference’ applies to members, business partners

More than 900 electric cooperatives serve 42 million people in 47 states. For its part, Great River Energy provides wholesale electric service to 28 distribution co-ops who deliver it to their 1.7 million member-consumers across suburban and greater Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. The cooperative structure has proven to be a critical factor in Great River […]

Federated Rural Electric names new GM

Federated Rural Electric’s board of directors announced that Scott Reimer was selected as Federated’s next general manager. Reimer will replace retiring general manager Richard Burud. Reimer has served as the general manager and CEO for Rice Lake Utilities in Rice Lake, Wis., since 1999, after holding a variety of positions in the electric utility industry. Burud’s […]

MISO prepared to meet winter power demand

Adequate resources forecasted for the region despite changing fuel mix The Midwest region’s grid operator, MISO, forecasts sufficient resources to meet electricity demand this winter from the Gulf of Mexico to Manitoba, Canada. According to MISO, the total winter demand is expected to peak at 104.0 gigawatts (GW). MISO is forecasting total available capacity of 146.6 […]