Monthly Archives: August 2016

Co-ops use new media to reach members

Social media allow cooperatives to reach members during storms and outages Recipe videos, funny cat gifs, photos of your friends’ latest vacations and your electric cooperative are just a few things you can “like” on Facebook. Many of Great River Energy’s member cooperatives share information on social media such as Facebook and Twitter, which can […]

Community storage focus of industry collaboration

Great River Energy played host to a large group of people interested in learning more about the Community Storage Initiative as well as finding out where they fit into the growing collaborative effort and further its vision. Leaders in their respective fields from around the country convened at the University of Minnesota Law School campus […]

Plant named among ‘best of the best’

Combined Cycle Journal included a profile of Pleasant Valley Station in its “best of the best” edition. The Dexter, Minn., power plant has repeatedly discovered innovative ways to improve operations and maintenance practices. “Here at Great River Energy, all employees are encouraged to continually look for improvement opportunities and solutions to issues. These three instances […]

Equipment overhaul to accommodate growing data needs

When Great River Energy replaces 10-year-old radio infrastructure with high-tech replacements over the next three years, the network will be able to meet the ever-growing data needs of Great River Energy and its member cooperatives – and enable new ways to serve member consumers. As part of Great River Energy’s 700 MHz wireless broadband network […]

Grid thought leaders gather at Great River Energy

A non-profit working group that calls itself the voice of electric transmission owners, investors and customers in the North American energy market recently met at Great River Energy’s headquarters office. Known as WIRES, the group includes energy industry leaders from across the country. Will Kaul, Great River Energy’s vice president of transmission, served WIRES as […]

Always a good deal for members

Flip a switch and electricity is there. Plug in a phone overnight and it will be ready the entire next day. Electricity is convenient, sure, but is it a good value? Any way you look at it, the answer is yes. Over the past five years, electricity rates have increased an average of 1.5 percent […]

Solar growing nationwide

Research from the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) shows that the amount of solar generation on residential rooftops across the country jumped 50 percent, from 3,612 megawatts (MW) in 2014 to 5,434 MW in 2015. However, utility-procured solar projects – which range from community solar to large-scale plants – continue to deliver the most capacity, […]