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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 […]

Broadband project grants will expand high-speed service to rural areas

A round of grants announced at the start of the year by the state and Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) will help provide reliable, affordable high-speed internet to currently unserved or underserved rural areas of Minnesota, including in Great River Energy’s service territory. The additional $34 million in funding will leverage another $40 […]

Shifting regulations result in few changes

Although President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order calling for review of the Clean Power Plan, the action is expected to have minimal effect on Great River Energy and other Minnesota utilities. It will take the new administration a long time to navigate the maze of administrative, regulatory and legal procedures necessary to enact […]

The ‘grand bargain’: Industry outlook discussed at St. Paul event

Vice President and Chief Transmission Officer Will Kaul was featured at an event in St. Paul titled “Positively Electric: Embracing Clean Electricity to Power More of Our Economy.” He shared insights on the environmental benefits of electrifying the economy and what he sees for the future of the industry. He also talked about ways the […]

Safety, environmental stewardship, cost

Falkirk Mine strives to improve in important areas All of the electricity from Great River Energy’s 1145-megawatt Coal Creek Station near Underwood, N. D., is sold in Minnesota, and all of the coal that is sold to the station comes from the adjacent Falkirk Mine. The relationship between the mine and plant began in 1974 […]

Stanton Station’s lasting legacy

When a group of Minnesota farmers and rural residents joined together to form an electric cooperative, their willfulness to create a better way of life for their members resulted in places like Stanton Station. Built in 1966, Stanton Station created reliable energy for their members for over 50 years. As it came to the end […]

Great River Energy files 2017 Integrated Resource Plan

On April 28, Great River Energy submitted its plan to reliably and cost-effectively meet its member cooperatives’ energy needs for the next 15 years to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC). Resource decisions are ultimately approved by Great River Energy’s board of directors and member systems, but having the PUC’s acceptance of the IRP reflects […]

Happy Earth Day 2017

At Great River Energy, we consider how our business impacts the environment every day. It’s part of our mission to provide member-owners with affordable, reliable energy in harmony with a sustainable environment. Check out our top ten environmental efforts: Charge electric vehicles with renewable energy Restoring pollinator habitat  Energy efficient buildings Reducing coal emissions with DryFiningTM  Fly […]

Survey measures member attitudes

Great River Energy conducted a quantitative survey to gauge the opinions of cooperative members in its service area on numerous energy-related issues. This year’s survey showed that affordability remains the top priority for consumers, and that there less urgency regarding energy and environmental issues. Respondents indicated they are selective when considering the inclusion of “green […]

Cooperative solar skyrockets

By the end of 2017, the total solar energy capacity of America’s electric cooperatives will be five times what it was two years ago, according to the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). This year, cooperatives are on pace to add 480 megawatts (MW) of solar, which would bring their total capacity to 873 MW. […]