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Talent meets technology

Operators use advanced systems, skills to manage electric grid In a dark, windowless room at a Great River Energy location, a mosaic of 50-inch monitors displays information about the electric grid that supplies power to consumers around Minnesota and Wisconsin. Operators monitor the grid 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, working twelve hour […]

Dakota joins new renewable energy program

Businesses interested in renewable energy have a new option in a Great River Energy program tailored specifically for commercial and industrial businesses. Dakota Electric Association (DEA) has signed on to be a participant in the Wellspring C&I program, which offers large companies a new way to offset their energy consumption with renewable resources. “It’s an […]

2018 budget: Stable rates, flat sales

Strategic decisions to position its generation portfolio and other cost-saving measures have Great River Energy entering 2018 with stable wholesale electricity rates and a strong financial position. Great River Energy’s revenue requirement for next year is budgeted at $969.2 million, down more than $20 million from the 2017 budget. That means lower power costs for […]

Mercury control technology earns patent

Great River Energy employees discovered an effective and cost-efficient way to reduce mercury emissions to comply with the Mercury and Air Toxic Standards. When facing tighter regulations for mercury emissions at the Coal Creek Station power plant, Great River Energy employees met the challenge head on and created a new, better and more cost-efficient way […]

It’s more than electricity …

The electricity Great River Energy and its member cooperatives provide charges phones, powers computers, lights offices and powers tools. However, many other things in life come about as a result of byproducts from generating electricity. Even the ash produced while generating electricity is put to good use. Known as “fly ash” (because it “flies” out […]

Midwest energy system ready for winter

The Midwest energy market operator, MISO, projects adequate resources will be available to reliably meet demand in the cold months ahead across its footprint, which extends from the Gulf of Mexico to Manitoba, Canada. The region has 142 gigawatts (GW) of projected available supply to meet an expected winter demand of 103.4 GW. The demand […]

High-energy jobs

Cutting-edge careers at electric co-ops power the economy “Electricity is the backbone of our economy and is crucial to our national security,” concluded a recent report by M.J. Bradley and Associates, LLC, titled Powering America: The Economic Workforce Contributions of the U.S. Electric Power Industry. According to the report, “Our high-tech society demands electricity to […]

A military honor

On Oct. 4, the State of Minnesota, on behalf of Gov. Mark Dayton, proclaimed Great River Energy as Minnesota’s 57th Yellow Ribbon Company. The Minnesota Department of Military Affairs awards the Yellow Ribbon to organizations that unite all key areas within a company structure to proactively support service members, military families and veterans. Brigadier General […]

The great Minnesota road trip, electrified

Minnesota’s first electric corridor is paving the route for electric vehicle owners to experience the North Shore in ways they have never been able to before. From the Twin Cities to Tettegouche State Park and all of the places in between, it’s possible to go farther than ever in an electric vehicle as charging stations […]

Lending a hand after hurricanes

With thousands of people devastated by the effects of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, Great River Energy’s employees, board of directors and member cooperatives stepped up to help those in need. Fourteen Minnesota line technicians traveled to Live Oak, Fla., to assist Suwannee Valley Cooperative (SVEC) with restoration efforts. Six of Great River Energy’s member […]