Monthly Archives: December 2016

Market redefines role of coal

Work safely. Maximize output. Minimize interruptions. Those three objectives have long served as an unofficial credo for Great River Energy power plant operators and engineers. By operating plants with as few interruptions as possible, electric service remained reliable, and generation resources were economical in the Midwest energy market. Certain power plants are considered “baseload” resources, […]

Cooperatives provide energy and opportunity

When a new member joins a cooperative, they become an owner of an institution that has served their community for more than 75 years. Electric cooperatives are perhaps the purest example of local business. When a member pays a bill, they are investing in their local electric system, which is operated and maintained by their […]

Pledging support for veterans

Great River Energy vowed to support veteran employees and their families, and to recognize the contributions made by those with military service. Paul Monteen from the Minnesota chapter of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve oversaw the signing of a statement of support by Great River Energy Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Larry […]

Minn., N.D., legislatures convene in New Year

The recent elections will bring many new faces to St. Paul, Bismarck and Washington, and cooperatives will be paying close attention to how those changes affect energy policy. In Minnesota, Republicans slightly expanded their majority in the House, and the Senate flipped from a Democratic to Republican majority by the narrowest of margins. The already […]

Industry group discusses game changers

At the Great Plains Institute’s 20-year Energy Innovation Celebration in late September, Great River Energy Vice President and Chief Transmission Officer Will Kaul was a panelist during a discussion about game changers forcing transformation in the energy industry. The panel discussion focused on rapidly decreasing costs for solar energy and energy storage, improved range and […]

Now we’re talking … two-way radio update almost done

Spotty cell coverage when you need it most is frustrating — and for electric cooperatives, it’s unacceptable. When line crews are dispatched to remote locations or outage areas, they need to be able to talk to each other so they can identify where problems are located and fix them. To do that, they rely on […]

Companies that care

The Minnesota Keystone Program recognizes companies that donate at least 2 percent of their pre-tax earnings to the community. Great River Energy, a member since 2009, is one of the nearly 200 companies that have earned this honor. The group originated in 1976 when 23 Minnesota companies united to recognize and encourage companies that donate […]