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 […]

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 […]