Monthly Archives: January 2019

Falkirk Mine replaces conveyor damaged by storm

Falkirk Mine, which supplies Great River Energy’s Coal Creek and Spiritwood stations with lignite coal, recently replaced a conveyor that was damaged during a June 2018 storm. The replacement of the conveyor was completed mid-December and the system was fully operational by the end of 2018. Coal deliveries to Coal Creek Station via the conveyor […]

Cooperative Light & Power names Halpern as CEO, general manager

Hal Halpern was named CEO and general manager of Cooperative Light & Power in Two Harbors, Minn., effective Jan. 7. Halpern was previously the chief strategic advisor at Westell, a provider of high-performance network infrastructure. Halpern was educated as a physicist at the City University of New York and grew up in a cooperative for […]

Great River Gives: Nonprofit drives off with donation

The McLean Family Resource Center (MFRC) requested a concrete donation from Great River Energy last year but drove off with much more. With a small nonprofit budget, purchasing a fleet vehicle for themselves was out of reach – or so they thought. When Al Christianson, director of business development and governmental affairs, noticed the need, […]

Member Moment: Dakota Electric Association

“Member Moment” highlights one of Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives and how they uniquely demonstrate what it means to be a cooperative. Dakota Electric Association (DEA) is the second largest electric cooperative in Minnesota and ranked among the 25 largest electric distribution cooperatives in the nation. The co-op’s 200 employees serve more than 100,000 members […]

Modern demand response system demonstrates potential for statewide expansion

Co-ops renovate aging infrastructure, invest in modern grid A partnership of two Minnesota electric cooperatives has resulted in the ability to send signals across hundreds of miles to perform activities critical for providing dependable and affordable electricity. The system, known as a demand response management system (DRMS), allows cooperatives to alleviate demand on the electric […]

Blue Flint celebrates 1 million hours of safety

Midwest AgEnergy announced employees at the Blue Flint biorefinery have surpassed 1 million hours of safely working without a lost-time accident. A lost-time accident is defined as time lost to an employee who is injured on the job and cannot return to the next regularly scheduled shift. The streak began April 13, 2007. To put […]

Midwest AgEnergy surpasses 1 billion gallons produced

Midwest AgEnergy – the parent company to ethanol biorefineries Blue Flint, near Underwood, N.D., and Dakota Spirit, near Spiritwood, N.D. – recently surpassed production of more than 1 billion gallons of ethanol produced company-wide. “Congratulations and thank you to our employees at Midwest AgEnergy,” said Jeff Zueger, CEO of Midwest AgEnergy. “We are proud of […]

$10 million returned to members

For the second consecutive year, financial gains will be shared with member-owner cooperatives As Great River Energy closes the books on a financially successful 2018, the cooperative will complete one last transaction: returning $10 million to its membership. Great River Energy has made some important financial and resource planning decisions in recent years, which have […]

20 years on, still united and cooperative

On Jan. 1, 1999, two generation and transmission cooperatives completed the long and arduous journey to become a bigger, stronger and more competitive organization. Cooperative Power and United Power Association merged to become Great River Energy. The new cooperative would provide energy from Iowa to Canada through its membership, which consisted of 29 member-owner cooperatives […]