Monthly Archives: May 2017

Broadband project grants will expand high-speed service to rural areas

A round of grants announced at the start of the year by the state and Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) will help provide reliable, affordable high-speed internet to currently unserved or underserved rural areas of Minnesota, including in Great River Energy’s service territory. The additional $34 million in funding will leverage another $40 […]

Shifting regulations result in few changes

Although President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order calling for review of the Clean Power Plan, the action is expected to have minimal effect on Great River Energy and other Minnesota utilities. It will take the new administration a long time to navigate the maze of administrative, regulatory and legal procedures necessary to enact […]

The ‘grand bargain’: Industry outlook discussed at St. Paul event

Vice President and Chief Transmission Officer Will Kaul was featured at an event in St. Paul titled “Positively Electric: Embracing Clean Electricity to Power More of Our Economy.” He shared insights on the environmental benefits of electrifying the economy and what he sees for the future of the industry. He also talked about ways the […]

Safety, environmental stewardship, cost

Falkirk Mine strives to improve in important areas All of the electricity from Great River Energy’s 1145-megawatt Coal Creek Station near Underwood, N. D., is sold in Minnesota, and all of the coal that is sold to the station comes from the adjacent Falkirk Mine. The relationship between the mine and plant began in 1974 […]

Stanton Station’s lasting legacy

When a group of Minnesota farmers and rural residents joined together to form an electric cooperative, their willfulness to create a better way of life for their members resulted in places like Stanton Station. Built in 1966, Stanton Station created reliable energy for their members for over 50 years. As it came to the end […]

Great River Energy files 2017 Integrated Resource Plan

On April 28, Great River Energy submitted its plan to reliably and cost-effectively meet its member cooperatives’ energy needs for the next 15 years to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC). Resource decisions are ultimately approved by Great River Energy’s board of directors and member systems, but having the PUC’s acceptance of the IRP reflects […]