Monthly Archives: March 2017

Electricity emerging as preferred energy source

Technological progress is making appliances and other electric devices ever more efficient. Power plant retirements and renewable development will continue to reduce the environmental effect of the electric system. These two converging trends are making one thing very clear: electricity is a smart choice. “As the electric system continues to become cleaner and more efficient, […]

Efficiency gains mount at Spiritwood Station

  A unique plant to the region stands amongst corn and soybean fields just east of Jamestown, N.D. Spiritwood Station, a combined heat and power plant, differs from traditional plants in “coal country” in that its primary product is process steam for two adjacent agriculture processing plants – the Dakota Spirit AgEnergy (DSA) ethanol biorefinery […]

Demand response advances, opening new opportunities

Utilities have long understood that they can use the electric system efficiently and economically by reducing demand at certain times. Great River Energy is a leader in this discipline, known as demand response. “Through the efforts of our retail member distribution cooperatives we have tens of thousands of members that allow Great River Energy to […]

Co-ops meet conservation goals despite challenges

Throughout the last decade, Great River Energy and many of its member cooperatives have successfully achieved meeting the annual energy savings goals and conservation spending requirements established by the Minnesota Legislature. Beyond the 700 million kilowatt-hours in energy savings at the distribution cooperative level since 2010, Great River Energy has realized significant savings at its […]

Employees find ways to enhance on-the-job safety

Safety is a core value at Great River Energy, and employees are empowered to look for ways to enhance safety on the job and at home. Here is a sample of the many ways employees helped Great River Energy operate safely in 2016. Access doors at Coal Creek Station: Four heavy steel access doors are […]

2016 a strong financial year

For Great River Energy and its member cooperatives, 2016 will go down as a great year, financially speaking. Great River Energy recorded a margin of $38.4 million and deferred $12 million of revenue for future use. Without the deferral Great River Energy’s margin would have been $50.4 million, more than double its budgeted margin of […]

Awards recognize real-life research

When researchers discover cleaner, safer and more efficient ways to provide energy, the next step is to put those new ideas into practice. During the Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI) annual Technology Transfer Awards, Great River Energy was recognized for applying research in real-world settings. Zach Kuhn, engineer I, and Derrick Schlangen, leader, relay and […]

New director seated

Craig Olson, district 7 director for Lake Country Power, was seated on the Great River Energy board of directors during its March meeting. Olson was elected to succeed Lake Country Power Board President Dale Long, who passed away in January. Lake Country Power’s board of directors appointed Olson as president of its board.