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We are a not-for-profit wholesale electric power cooperative which provides electricity to 28 member-owner distribution cooperatives. Together, our systems serve 695,000 families, farms and businesses in Minnesota.

22 Apr
News from Great River Energy

Earth Day 2019

We celebrate Earth Day every day at Great River Energy. It’s part of our mission to provide member-owner cooperatives with affordable, reliable energy in harmony with a sustainable environment. Check out GRE’s top 10 environmental efforts (in no particular order except for you, 50 by 30 – you shine bright at the top of our list): […]

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18 Apr

The birds are back in town

The Great River Energy peregrine falcons have returned their nesting box. Brooklyn, the male, has returned to the Elk River, Minn., site for a fifth consecutive year. The female, Breezy, new to the nesting box in 2018 has also returned. She fledged from a nest box in Oak Park Heights, Minn., in 2015. Brooklyn and […]

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17 Apr
News from Great River Energy

Co-ops work together to restore system after Winter Storm Wesley

When Winter Storm Wesley ripped through southern Minnesota on April 11, crews from Great River Energy, neighboring utilities and member-owner cooperatives got to work clearing fallen poles from roads, setting new poles, stringing wire and bringing the power back to the more than 8,300 end-use members who experienced an outage. All of the substations Great […]

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17 Apr

$15 million of patronage capital returned to members

When a member pays an electric bill to a cooperative, those dollars remain in the community served by the co-op. When a cooperative experiences financial success, they return cash to members. This process, known as returning patronage capital, is one of the things that makes cooperatives unique. For the first time in its history, Great […]

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As a cooperative, Great River Energy is owned and operated by the members it serves. Our 28 member cooperatives are an essential part of our organization.

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