Monthly Archives: November 2018

Elk River Resource Recovery Project to be retired

After several months attempting to sell the Elk River Resource Recovery Project to area counties and private investors, Great River Energy anticipates it will close the waste-to-energy project by March 15, 2019. The Elk River Resource Recovery Project consists of: the Elk River Resource Processing Plant, which processes municipal solid waste into fuel; the Elk […]

Tetra Pak signs up for 100% renewable energy through Wellspring

Tetra Pak, a multinational food packaging and processing company, joined a commitment with other businesses in June 2016 to go 100 percent renewable by 2030. As of July this year, the company reached 50 percent of that goal and, with the help of the Wellspring for Business program offered through Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner […]

Great River Energy ranked 50th largest co-op in nation

The National Cooperative Bank (NCB) recently released its Co-op 100 list, which highlights the economic power of America’s top 100 cooperatives. The member-owned, member-controlled businesses included in the list generated revenues of $214.4 billion in 2017. Great River Energy was ranked at No. 50 based on revenue, and is the eighth largest generation and transmission […]

Member Moment: Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric

“Member Moment” highlights one of Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives and its end-use members, challenges, collaborations with Great River Energy and how they uniquely demonstrate what it means to be a cooperative. Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric (SWCE), for example, is a community partner and works to attract new businesses to the Faribault, Minn., area. And the […]

Extra-long semi load rolls into Riverview Substation project

A large 333 megavolt-ampere transformer weighing in at 366,000 pounds traveled by rail car from Montgomery, Ala., to St. Cloud, Minn., where it was loaded on a football-field-length truck last week. This massive truck and trailer traveled another 35 miles during late night hours along backroads from St. Cloud to Freeport where it was safely […]

Members win sweepstakes to drive a Tesla for a week

Nearly 1,800 members and customers of three utilities submitted contest entries last month in hopes of taking home a Tesla rental for a week. Great River Energy and its 28 member-owner cooperatives, along with Otter Tail Power and Minnesota Power, teamed up with the Great Plains Institute to promote the Electrify Your Ride sweepstakes. The […]

Connexus Energy celebrates innovative solar-plus-storage project

Connexus Energy encouraged members, partners, stakeholders and others to “celebrate the sun” at an event held as an opportunity for people to see one of the cooperative’s innovative solar-plus-storage projects up close. The cooperative – headquartered in Ramsey, Minn. – has one project located in Ramsey and another in Athens Township. Together, these are believed […]

2019 outlook: lower rates, cash back

As a member of a cooperative, you get a voice, a vote and occasionally some money back. When members pay their electric bills, they become part owners of the business. When business is good, members get a return on that investment. The same principles apply to Great River Energy, which is a cooperative owned by […]

Great River Energy & Beneficial Electrification League announce – Electrify Minnesota!  The Future Is Electric!

Great River Energy and Beneficial Electrification League (BEL) announce Electrify Minnesota!  The Future Is Electric! – a one-day meeting at Great River Energy on Nov. 28, specifically intended to promote the broad market acceptance of Beneficial Electrification (BE) concepts, policies, practices, technologies and business models.  BEL defines Beneficial Electrification in this way: the application of […]