Monthly Archives: October 2016

New solar energy project will power Dakota Electric Association members

Dakota Electric Association, along with its power supplier Great River Energy, is pleased to announce a joint solar project that will provide dedicated solar power directly to Dakota Electric’s membership. The 1-megawatt (MW) solar array will be built along Highway 61 in Marshan Township by SoCore, a leader in solar energy development and construction. “We […]

A vision realized

Utilities invested 12 years and $1.85 billion to fortify the Midwest electric grid and enable renewable development A 2004 hallway conversation between Minnesota’s two largest utilities spurred a 12-year effort to  update and expand the region’s electric grid. With the late-September completion of a 345-kilovolt transmission line between Hampton, Minn., and La Crosse, Wis., the […]

Security summit fosters cooperative collaboration

The increased connectivity provided by the internet has vastly changed the way we live our daily lives and the way we all do business. While most aspects of the internet are positive – like accomplishing things more quickly and efficiently, and having access from anywhere at any time – what we often forget to think […]

National standards keep grid secure

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) is not a household name, but it certainly is commonplace in the electric utility industry. NERC is a regulatory authority responsible for ensuring the reliability of the bulk electric system in North America. To ensure Great River Energy’s members continue to receive secure and reliable electric service, the […]

National Co-op Month celebrates member ownership

Being part of a cooperative means being part of something special. Great River Energy is celebrating National Cooperative Month in October, along with 40,000 other cooperative businesses serving more than 120 million people nationwide. “Great River Energy supports the seventh cooperative principle, concern for community,” said Jon Brekke, Great River Energy’s vice president and chief […]

Students flutter to support bees and butterflies

Today, students from Holy Rosary in Duluth made a positive difference in native north eastern Minnesota habitats by planting common milkweed, wild bergamot, fragrant giant hyssop and lindleys aster around a new solar PV array at the Laurentian Environmental Learning Center near Mesabi, Minn. With everything in place, the enthusiastic students headed outside, shovels in […]

Great River Energy ranks No. 16 as healthiest workplace in America

Great River Energy was named the 16th healthiest workplace in the nation at this week’s Corporate Wellness Conference in Washington, D.C. where 100 organizations were honored for their commitment to employee health and exceptional corporate wellness. Great River Energy was not just honored as one of 100 healthy organizations, the organization was awarded 16th place […]