Monthly Archives: March 2019

Service center opens in St. James Industrial Park

Great River Energy leaders, the mayor and city representatives of St. James, Minn., and Wilcon Construction recently cut the ribbon on a new 20,000-square-foot steel building in the St. James Industrial Park. “This service center is strategically located to serve our southern members,” said Priti Patel, vice president and chief transmission officer at Great River […]

Growing to meet the craft beer industry’s energy needs

Across the country, small craft breweries are giving new life to old industrial neighborhoods. They are helping revitalize local economies and attract additional investments. This trend is certainly playing out in Minnesota, where craft breweries had an estimated economic impact of more than $2 billion in the state in 2017. While the largest concentration of […]

Member Moment: Stearns Electric Association

“Member Moment” highlights one of Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives, their end-use members, challenges, collaborations with GRE and how they uniquely demonstrate what it means to be a cooperative. An innovative approach to promoting electric vehicles (EVs) earned this month’s featured co-op a spotlight on the national stage. Stearns Electric Association’s communications team was honored […]

Great River Energy: Competitive rates and growing renewables

For 20 years, Great River Energy has provided electricity to 28 member-owner cooperatives while pursuing its mission to generate and transmit reliable and affordable electricity in harmony with a sustainable environment. Great River Energy receives electricity from power plants, wind farms, solar installations and hydroelectric facilities. It also operates and maintains thousands of miles of […]

Co-ops fuel economy with 612,000 jobs and billions toward GDP, report shows

Electric cooperatives have a broad financial impact on the United States, directly or indirectly supporting nearly 612,000 jobs each year and contributing hundreds of billions of dollars to the economy over a five-year period, according to a new analysis. Between 2013 and 2017, co-ops employed an average of 67,800 people a year, hired about 100,600 […]

Clean and competitive co-ops

Great River Energy has reduced its system-wide carbon dioxide emissions by 38 percent since 2005. These reductions have been achieved voluntarily while providing economic benefits to members. They are the result of prudent investments in renewables, reducing dependence on coal and improving the diversity and competitiveness of Great River Energy’s resource portfolio. Cooperative self-governance has […]

Coal Creek Station, Falkirk Mine host career and leadership day

The junior and senior classes from Underwood High School and Turtle Lake-Mercer High School recently participated in a career and leadership day hosted by Coal Creek Station and Falkirk Mine. At Coal Creek Station, students were taken through a series of stops where they learned about various jobs and responsibilities, and participated in several hands-on […]

Twin Cities Auto Show offers a charged-up electric vehicle experience

This year’s Twin Cities Auto Show will be powered up by more electric vehicle options than ever before thanks, in part, to Great River Energy. The Electric Room, sponsored by Great River Energy, will return to the Minneapolis Convention Center from March 9-17 as a showcase area for some of the newest electric and hybrid […]