Monthly Archives: April 2017

Survey measures member attitudes

Great River Energy conducted a quantitative survey to gauge the opinions of cooperative members in its service area on numerous energy-related issues. This year’s survey showed that affordability remains the top priority for consumers, and that there less urgency regarding energy and environmental issues. Respondents indicated they are selective when considering the inclusion of “green […]

Cooperative solar skyrockets

By the end of 2017, the total solar energy capacity of America’s electric cooperatives will be five times what it was two years ago, according to the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). This year, cooperatives are on pace to add 480 megawatts (MW) of solar, which would bring their total capacity to 873 MW. […]

A new leader for North Dakota generation

Great River Energy begins a new era for its North Dakota generation operations with upcoming retirement of John Weeda, director of North Dakota generation. During his 41-year tenure with Great River Energy, most of which was spent at the Coal Creek Station power plant, Weeda and his staff overcame challenges and completed major projects by […]

Leaders and innovators focus on the future

Approximately 120 employees and leaders from Great River Energy and its 28 member cooperatives spent two days learning from leading utility, research and technology experts. They discussed key drivers of change in the electric utility industry – such as advanced grid technologies – rising customer expectations, distributed energy resources and the many visions of the […]

Co-op linemen power the community

They bring power to cooperative communities. They set out in the dead of night and the cold of winter to restore power. They climb poles, work from bucket trucks, work on energized lines and perform dangerous tasks safely. On April 10, cooperatives said thanks to linemen. Great River Energy has 34 linemen that help maintain […]

Air source heat pumps provide the best of both worlds

Members seeking to more efficiently heat and cool their home are finding a smarter solution: air source heat pumps (ASHPs). Able to deliver hyper-efficient home heating and air conditioning, ASHPs help members realize savings in energy consumption as well as cost. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, an ASHP can reduce electricity use associated […]

Goodhue names new general manager

The Goodhue County Cooperative Electric Association board of directors has selected Kelly Hovel as the new general manager, effective June 1. A native of Zumbrota, Minn., Hovel has been a Goodhue employee since 2008, most recently serving as the systems coordinator. He will succeed Doug Fingerson who will retire after 40 years of service to […]