Monthly Archives: January 2017

Energy forum highlights cooperative innovation

“Minnesota is home to some of the most well-run and innovative utilities in the nation,” said Center for Energy and Environment’s Mike Bull in his introduction of Great River Energy CEO David Saggau during last week’s CEE Energy Policy Forum. Saggau delivered the keynote address at the event whose theme, “Electric Cooperatives Lead Minnesota Innovation,” […]

Chief Transmission Officer Will Kaul announces retirement

After 38 years of service, Will Kaul, Great River Energy’s vice president and chief transmission officer, has set his retirement date for July 1, 2017, after which he will continue to provide consulting and expertise to Great River Energy and the future grid initiative he has led since 2014. “It’s been a great opportunity, experience […]

Free wind upgrade for electric vehicles extended through 2017

Current or soon-to-be electric vehicle drivers who belong to one of Great River Energy’s 28 member cooperatives will be able to take advantage of a perk that lets them to fuel up their cars with 100 percent wind energy at no extra cost. Revolt, a first-of-its-kind program that allows electric vehicle (EV) owners to further […]

Renewable project depends on continued supply of municipal solid waste

Every day, waste from Hennepin, Sherburne and Anoka counties is delivered to Great River Energy’s Elk River Resource Processing Plant. There, the waste is processed into fuel for a nearby power plant, Great River Energy’s Elk River Energy Recovery Station, which is a renewable waste-to-energy power plant that operates around the clock. Steel, aluminum and […]

Lake Country Director Long passes

Great River Energy lost a friend, leader and member of the cooperative family in January when Lake Country Power Board President and Great River Energy Director Dale Long passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer. “He acted in good faith and in the best interests of the cooperative. He took time to listen […]

Two cooperatives welcome new leaders

With the impending retirement of Wade Hensel, who serves as general manager of BENCO Electric Cooperative and Brown County Rural Electrical Association, two successors have been named to lead the southern Minnesota cooperatives. Sunderman named to BENCO’s top job BENCO Electric Cooperative’s board of directors announced that Dave Sunderman has been selected as the new […]

January 12 CEE event to highlight co-op innovation

Electric cooperatives will showcase their innovation and leadership at the Center for Energy and the Environment’s Energy Policy Forum on January 12. Great River Energy CEO David Saggau will provide the keynote address at CEE’s Electric Co-ops Lead Minnesota Innovation. The event will be held at the Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, starting with a […]