Monthly Archives: June 2017

Kids, employees dig in to help bees, butterflies at Great River Energy

Today approximately 20 people, including kids from Elk River’s SustainER program, planted the first of nearly 11,000 starter plants that will be planted on Great River Energy’s campus on Highway 10 in Elk River. Their hard work was part of a celebration of a 9-acre prairie planting that will re-establish the native habitat that pollinators […]

The mark of cooperative principles

Among the seven principles that guide cooperatives is a promise to demonstrate concern for community. That is taken very seriously at Great River Energy. The cooperative makes financial contributions to community organizations, funds scholarships, collects food and other necessities for those in need, and offers employees time off to volunteer – just to name a […]

Volunteers spruce up state parks for GreenTouch Day

More than 350 volunteers descended upon their local state parks last month to spruce up the areas as part of Touchstone Energy’s annual GreenTouch Day. A partnership between Minnesota’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives and Minnesota State Parks, GreenTouch Day is a statewide event that occurs the first Saturday in May and invites electric cooperative employees, members […]

Nelson named first chairwoman of the Utilities Technology Council

Kathy Nelson, Great River Energy principal telecommunications engineer, was elected first chairwoman of the Utilities Technology Council (UTC) board at its annual meeting in Charlotte, N.C., last month. With 10 U.S. regions, five special board committees, and 10 divisions and councils, Nelson will be part of a select group of top influential industry professionals helping […]

Bees, butterflies to find a sweet home in Elk River

Ten years ago the U.S. Senate unanimously approved and designated a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” to address the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. National Pollinator Week has now grown into an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles. “We rely on pollinators for […]

Great River Energy receives Gold Well Workplace Award

A recent recognition of Great River Energy’s employee wellness offerings placed the cooperative among the top in the country. The Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) awarded the 2017 Gold Well Workplace Award to Great River Energy in May. The recognition has been given to approximately 1,000 companies that met the rigorous set of Well Workplace […]

Bringing America’s pastime to Minnesota communities

For more than a decade, Great River Energy has partnered with the Minnesota Twins and the Twins Community Fund to make it more accessible for youth around the state to learn the games of baseball and softball. Play Ball! Minnesota Youth Clinics were created in 1961 by longtime Twins scout Angelo Giuliana and offer youth […]

Great River Energy details strong finances, unveils favorable rate projections

During Great River Energy’s June 7 annual meeting, company leaders shared the cooperative’s recent accomplishments, including near-record margins, a more flexible and economical generation portfolio, and certification as a Great Place to Work®. “Great River Energy is financially strong. Our assets are performing very well. Our employees are happy and healthy. And, we are responding […]

Priti Patel named Great River Energy’s new vice president and chief transmission officer

Great River Energy has named Priti Patel as the company’s new vice president and chief transmission officer. Patel will be responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction in the planning, construction, operations and maintenance of Great River Energy’s transmission assets. “Great River Energy has been working with Ms. Patel for years. Her knowledge of the […]