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Electric system weathers arctic temps

The new year brought with it frigid temperatures contributing to very high winter demand for electricity across the Midwest, including on the Great River Energy system. “If you provide electricity in Minnesota, you need to be prepared for this type of weather – and the market conditions that often follow,” said Great River Energy Vice […]

Energy market benefits members

The electricity that toasts your breakfast and cools your milk could be produced at a wind turbine in Minnesota, a power plant in North Dakota or a hydroelectric dam in Manitoba. And, over the course of a day, you might receive electricity from all three. Great River Energy is a member of the Midcontinent Independent […]

Free wind energy continues for electric cars

A program that fuels electric vehicles with wind energy will continue for cooperative members who choose to drive electric. Revolt, a first-of-its-kind program that allows electric vehicle (EV) owners to further support the use of renewable energy, will continue through the end of 2018. When a member claims the upgrade, Great River Energy dedicates wind […]

System operations kicks off Super Bowl preparations

As many Minnesotans prepare for Super Bowl 52, the state’s electric co-ops are also doing their part. “We’re halting unnecessary maintenance work at our transmission facilities surrounding the metro area,” said Dick Pursley, manager, system operations. “We’re also working with our member cooperatives to ensure reliable service as many of them will have Super Bowl […]

A new way forward in environmental standards

Bees, butterflies, eagles and moose. These are the majestic, native animals of Minnesota, and just like Great River Energy’s member cooperatives, they live in our local communities. But moose don’t care if you’ve met all your environmental permit requirements, and honey bees don’t measure whether or not a procedure was successful in making a positive […]

Coal ash recycling rates hit record high

Coal ash recycling across the United States has reached a record high according to the American Coal Ash Association (ACAA). Out of the 107.4 million tons of coal combustion products (CCPs) created, 60.2 million tons were recycled – 56 percent. For the last several years, Great River Energy’s Coal Creek Station power plant has recycled […]

Rural task force: Broadband vital

A recent Department of Agriculture report states that in today’s information-driven global economy, e-connectivity is not simply an amenity – it’s essential. The report asserts the role of electric cooperatives at extending connectivity to rural communities, where their members live, learn and work. “For decades, electric cooperatives have enhanced the quality of life throughout rural […]

Schmid announces retirement; Strobel named CFO

After serving members for nearly 40 years, Great River Energy Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Larry Schmid will retire from the cooperative on April 2. Schmid began working for cooperative members in 1978 and was instrumental in the formation of Great River Energy starting with the merger of two predecessor companies in 1999. Schmid […]

Grant awarded to determine greenhouse feasibility

The North Dakota Ag Products Utilization Commission (APUC) recently awarded Great River Energy and North American Coal (NAC) a $75,000 grant to assist with determining the feasibility of co-locating a commercial greenhouse at Coal Creek Energy Park. “The availability of excess heat and carbon dioxide at a common location presents a unique opportunity for a […]

Today’s electricity comes from many sources

Electric cooperatives have supplied reliable electricity to Minnesotans for nearly 80 years. The way electricity is generated has change a lot over that time, with new fuels and technologies contributing to greater efficiency and lower emissions. The Midwest’s most efficient coal and nuclear power plants remain critical to reliable energy, but several new types of […]