Monthly Archives: July 2018

Elk River Resource Recovery Project to be sold or retired

The Great River Energy board of directors approved pursuing the sale of the Elk River Resource Recovery Project, which is located approximately 30 miles northwest of Minneapolis. If a sales agreement cannot be reached, the facilities will be closed by March 15, 2019. Operation of the Elk River project avoids the landfilling of 260,000‐300,000 tons […]

Creative repair prevents costly replacement

If you crane your neck up to see the very top of a CapX2020 transmission line, you’ll see a wire above all the rest. This is the optical ground wire, and it is serves two purposes: grounding and communications. Great River Energy maintains the Brookings County-Hampton CapX2020 line, and during a recent ground patrol a […]

North Dakota plants qualify for LEE status

Great River Energy recently received a letter from the North Dakota Department of Health qualifying Coal Creek Station and Spiritwood Station as low emitting electrical generating units (LEE) with respect to particulate matter emissions. “Because of the stringent requirements, few plants have qualified for LEE status and it demonstrates that our plants are some of […]

Doege to lead Stearns Electric Association

Stearns Electric Association has selected Robin Doege as the cooperative’s next chief executive officer. Doege, who currently serves as chief executive officer of Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative, will succeed current Chief Executive Officer Dave Gruenes on Aug.13. “The search for the cooperative’s next CEO is one of our most important responsibilities,” said Randy Rothstein, board president […]

Electric co-ops add their touch to Minnesota state parks

  Several Touchstone Energy cooperatives across Minnesota pitched in at their local state and county parks this spring in an effort to spruce up their natural beauty. Volunteers from seven electric cooperatives took part in this year’s GreenTouch program by raking leaves and pine needles, and cleaning roadside ditches, picnic shelters and campground areas. They […]

Bees, butterflies flutter for National Pollinator Week

Pollinators such as bees and butterflies have made their home at Great River Energy’s Elk River campus. Three years ago, Great River Energy began preparations to plant prairie on its 9-acre plot of land outside of its Elk River campus facility. The Minnesota Department of Transportation and Elk River Energy City partnered with Great River […]