Monthly Archives: May 2018

Early tests signal good news for demand response system

Promising results are coming in as testing progresses for the integration between Great River Energy’s new demand response management system (DRMS) and member-owner cooperative Lake Region Electric Cooperative’s (LREC) load management system. “We’re now transmitting messages to real-life hardware at LREC,” said Great River Energy’s John Reinhart, demand response and technologies lead. “There is a […]

Efficient energy anchors industrial hub

The campus of Coal Creek Station has emerged as a model of efficient energy use An energy park is taking root near Great River Energy’s Coal Creek Station. The site is essentially an industrial park surrounding a power plant, and it allows Great River Energy to develop new efficiencies and maximize the value of its […]

Ten-year transmission plan in the works

Great River Energy is in the midst of its long-range transmission planning process, coordinating with its 28 member-owner cooperatives and other utilities to determine where transmission improvements will be needed in the future. According to Dave Kempf, manager of transmission planning engineering, many transmission projects in the past were driven by growth in the use […]

Four more falcons born at Elk River plant

After incubating eggs for a little over a month, Brooklyn and Breezy, the resident falcons at Great River Energy’s Elk River Energy Recovery Station, welcomed four young falcons in early May. Known as “eyasses,” the young falcons will remain in the nest for several weeks before starting to learn to fly. Great River Energy will […]

All-electric road trip: Stearns County to Salt Lake City

Stearns Electric Association sent two Minnesota millennials on a cross-country electric vehicle (EV) expedition to gain the hands-on experience needed to remain the trusted source of energy information for member-owners. Traveling over 1,200 miles in rural America, Amanda Groethe and Whitney Ditlevson, Stearns Electric’s communication team, kept an extensive driving log, collecting data for research, […]

Data to show co-op members’ pricing preferences

Soon Great River Energy and its member-owner cooperatives will issue a survey with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) that will provide valuable insights into the preferences co-op members have around three pricing options: critical peak pricing, peak time rebates and pre-pay. In a changing utility landscape, many electric co-ops are looking to understand emerging […]