Monthly Archives: February 2017

Wind drives new grid paradigm

Rise of wind alters traditional view of baseload energy  Ten years ago, the Midwest energy market included 1,000 megawatts of wind generation. Today, there are 15,000 megawatts – and more development is expected. As wind turbines have filled in the countryside, forecasting and control technologies have improved, transforming the once-disruptive technology into one of the […]

Soybean plant coming to Spiritwood Energy Park

The Minnesota Soybean Processors (MnSP) announced they are taking steps toward the construction of a $240 million soybean processing plant fueled by steam from Great River Energy’s Spiritwood Station power plant. The plant would be an integrated soybean crush facility and refinery, crushing 125,000 bushels of soybeans per day to produce soybean meal, oil and […]

Co-ops collaborating to bring broadband to rural communities

Electric cooperatives turned the lights on for many rural residents who were left in the dark until the 1930s. Now they plan to connect members to the world through broadband deployment in those same communities. A federal court last year defined broadband as a utility – ranking it as essential as electricity and the phone […]

Advanced meters lay groundwork for new capabilities

Great River Energy and its members continue to install technologies that will allow for more service options for customers in the future. Advance metering infrastructure (AMI) is a key technology that can enable a multitude of grid enhancements and benefits to customers, including improved reliability, more information with which to make decisions on energy use […]

Loud and clear: Two-way radio system upgrade complete

When Great River Energy line crews are dispatched to remote locations or outage areas, they need to be able to talk to each other and to system operators so they can identify where faults are located and fix the problems. To do that, they rely on their two-way radio system, or trunked mobile radio (TMR). […]

As industry changes, DOE focuses on new policies and research

More than a decade ago, the electric grid became a national priority with concerns focusing on reliability, national security, the environment and the need for more efficient markets to keep electricity affordable and serve customers better. On Jan. 6, the second installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review was issued by the Department of Energy. The […]

Great River Energy becomes a certified Great Place to Work

Great River Energy was certified as a great workplace by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work®. Great River Energy earned this credential based on anonymous employee surveys. This was the first year Great River Energy offered the survey, which revealed that 88 percent of Great River Energy employees say it is a great […]