Monthly Archives: July 2016

Energy market driving changes to electricity supply

Inexpensive natural gas and fuel-free generation resources combining to drive down short-term market price for electricity With increasing levels of variable resources, such as wind, flexibility is becoming more important to electric utilities. Natural gas power plants are able to quickly ramp up or down electricity production, making them complementary to renewables. Coal-based plants can […]

Business improvements reach a quarter-billion

One of the unique aspects of Great River Energy’s culture is the encouragement and acceptance of new ideas from every employee. This continuous search for better methods is known across the company as business improvement. “Great River Energy introduced business improvement in 2002 to inspire operational efficiencies and document cost savings. We never envisioned it […]

Longtime chair Hanson passes

Henry Hanson, former chair of the boards of Nobles Cooperative Electric and of Great River Energy, passed away in early July. During Hanson’s tenure as Great River Energy board chair from 2000 to 2008, he oversaw some of the most significant changes at Great River Energy. Hanson led the board of directors through the construction […]

Community storage reaches highest office

Great River Energy Member Services and Marketing Director Gary Connett recently participated in a summit where federal and private sector organizations gathered to discuss scaling renewable energy and storage with smart markets. The event, held in mid-June at the White House, brought together regulators, power companies, municipalities and energy developers that are leading efforts to […]

Companies launch new circular economy initiative

Partnership will advance the next frontier of corporate sustainability Great River Energy is one of 25 businesses and organizations launching the Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition, a business-led partnership harnessing their expertise to advance the next frontier of corporate sustainability – the circular economy. A circular economy is an economic system that values and preserves all […]

Great River Energy to end operations at Stanton Station

Great River Energy has announced plans to retire the Stanton Station power plant by May 2017 because the plant is no longer economic to operate with current low prices in the regional energy market. Stanton Station is located near Stanton in Mercer County, N.D. “Stanton Station has provided dependable electricity to Great River Energy’s member […]