Great River Energy brings expertise to solid waste processing plant

Hennepin Energy Recovery Center

A new Great River Energy subsidiary now operates the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC) near the Minnesota Twins baseball stadium in downtown Minneapolis. Hennepin County owns the HERC, which has operated since 1989.

Whether it’s selling power plant ash to be used in concrete production or operating other organizations’ facilities for a fee, Great River Energy continues to look for opportunities to generate revenue to help offset costs for its member-owner cooperatives.

“Every dollar we save or generate goes back to our cooperative members – we always keep that in mind with everything we do,” said Tim Steinbeck, CEO of GRE HERC Services, LLC, a new Great River Energy subsidiary now operating a Minneapolis waste-to-energy plant.

GRE HERC Services, LLC, assumed operations of the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC) near the Minnesota Twins baseball stadium in downtown Minneapolis on March 3. Hennepin County owns the HERC, which has operated since 1989.

“We bring valuable expertise and insight into the waste-to-energy industry after operating our Elk River waste-to-energy facility for almost 30 years. For the last two years, we also managed the Newport waste processing plant for the Ramsey/Washington Recycling and Energy Board,” said Steinbeck. “We’ve earned a reputation as an organization that operates facilities with excellence.”

The HERC is a critical part of Hennepin County’s waste management plan by converting energy from waste into electricity for the local grid and steam that is used to heat nearby buildings. Facilities like HERC greatly reduce the amount of waste that needs to be landfilled. Almost all of the waste burned at the HERC comes from Minneapolis and the surrounding suburbs – with more than 11,000 tons of scrap metal recovered and recycled each year.