Monthly Archives: February 2018

Ash revenue, savings reach $100 million

Great River Energy’s fly ash business recently hit a huge milestone in reaching $100 million in combined revenue and savings since 1997. That year, Great River Energy decided to make fly ash beneficial use efforts into a business by selling it into the concrete market. In doing so, Great River Energy not only generated revenue […]

Better reliability, rain or shine

Whether it’s a blue sky day or the morning after a destructive storm, today’s electric system is increasingly better able to ensure that cooperatives can keep the electricity flowing to homes and businesses. Today’s grid technology provides greater “visibility” into the system. Rather than having to rely on line technicians or a limited number of […]

Charging forward in Minnesota

As electric vehicle (EV) charging stations continue to pop up around the state, Great River Energy and its members are busy contributing to the movement. Scott Reimer, general manager for Federated Rural Electric Association, said his cooperative is happy to be hosting a new Tesla charging station, which is located at a gas station in […]

Use of refined coal grows

The U.S. power sector is increasingly shifting to refined coal and now makes up nearly one-fifth of coal-based generation. Use increased from 17 percent in 2016 to 19 percent through the end of the third quarter of 2017, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Refined coal has been processed to remove certain pollutants from […]

Energy management system continues stellar reliability

Great River Energy’s energy management system (EMS), which is a sophisticated computer system used to control generation and transmission assets, has been highly reliable from 2012 to 16, with average availability hovering at 99.97 percent. Last year was no exception as the system was available to Great River Energy’s system operators and members 99.96 percent […]

5 factors to keep in mind when purchasing an electric vehicle

The decision to purchase an electric vehicle (EV) instead of a conventional car that runs on gasoline is getting easier to make every year. Between operational cost savings and the fact you can install a personal, at-home charging station, owning an EV means no more trips to the mechanic or gas station. As you get […]

2017: Partners in power

Electric cooperatives formed Great River Energy to supply the energy they need to power their members’ lives. Great River Energy does that by remaining financially sound, keeping rates stable and competitive, and continually evaluating its generation and transmission system to make sure it meets members’ needs. In 2017, Great River Energy served its members well […]