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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.

13 Feb

2018: A historic financial year at Great River Energy

Great River Energy recently closed the books on arguably the most financially successful year in its history. Great River Energy’s initial margin calculation was $69.9 million, more than triple the budgeted margin of $23 million. In accordance with a board resolution passed late last year, excess margins above budget will be utilized and accounted for […]

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13 Feb

Member Moment: Runestone Electric Association

“Member Moment” highlights one of Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives and how they uniquely demonstrate what it means to be a cooperative. Runestone Electric Association’s roots run deep – even from an electric cooperative standpoint. The Alexandria, Minn.-based co-op’s origins began soon after Franklin Delano Roosevelt created the Rural Electrification Administration to bring power to […]

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13 Feb
News from Great River Energy

Elk River project stops operations, prepares for closure

Operations of Great River Energy’s Elk River Resource Recovery Project concluded last month, bringing the long-running generation resource one step closer to closing. The last load of municipal solid waste was delivered to the Elk River Resource Processing Plant on Jan. 15. The Elk River Energy Recovery Station, which generates renewable energy from household garbage, […]

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13 Feb

System braves extreme, bold north cold

It was the coldest of times the last week of January as temperatures plunged to record lows across the Midwest. When severe winter cold puts the electric grid to the test, Great River Energy’s generation and transmission assets are carefully operated and monitored to ensure electricity continues to power member-consumers’ homes. The cooperative’s resilient transmission […]

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