Monthly Archives: April 2019

Earth Day 2019

We celebrate Earth Day every day at Great River Energy. It’s part of our mission to provide member-owner cooperatives with affordable, reliable energy in harmony with a sustainable environment. Check out GRE’s top 10 environmental efforts (in no particular order except for you, 50 by 30 – you shine bright at the top of our list): […]

The birds are back in town

The Great River Energy peregrine falcons have returned their nesting box. Brooklyn, the male, has returned to the Elk River, Minn., site for a fifth consecutive year. The female, Breezy, new to the nesting box in 2018 has also returned. She fledged from a nest box in Oak Park Heights, Minn., in 2015. Brooklyn and […]

Co-ops work together to restore system after Winter Storm Wesley

When Winter Storm Wesley ripped through southern Minnesota on April 11, crews from Great River Energy, neighboring utilities and member-owner cooperatives got to work clearing fallen poles from roads, setting new poles, stringing wire and bringing the power back to the more than 8,300 end-use members who experienced an outage. All of the substations Great […]

$15 million of patronage capital returned to members

When a member pays an electric bill to a cooperative, those dollars remain in the community served by the co-op. When a cooperative experiences financial success, they return cash to members. This process, known as returning patronage capital, is one of the things that makes cooperatives unique. For the first time in its history, Great […]

Member Moment: McLeod Cooperative Power 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. In 1935, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order No. 7037 establishing the Rural Electrification Administration. Within the year, loan applications from farmer-based cooperatives made rural electrification a possibility. McLeod Cooperative Power Association (MCPA) was […]

Stay away from downed power lines: April storm devastates power line system

Yesterday’s snow and ice caused widespread destruction on the powerline system, leaving thousands of electric cooperative members without power. With more than 323 transmission line structures down on their system and 15 substations without power, Great River Energy, wholesale power supplier 28 member-owner cooperatives, asks for patience and urges the public to beware of downed […]

Storm damage update

The storm we are experiencing across the state is having a severe impact on the electric system for Great River Energy, its member-owner cooperatives, and our neighboring utilities. We have approximately 200 structures down on our transmission system and we understand that our neighboring utilities have approximately 150 structures down on their systems. As the […]

Great River Energy certified as a Great Place to Work

Great River Energy, a wholesale energy provider to 28 member-owner cooperatives across Minnesota, received the Great Place to Work Certification, identifying the organization as having a high-trust and high-performing workplace culture. The organization earned the ranking by surveying employees on the five dimensions in the Great Place to Work® Trust Model® – camaraderie, credibility, fairness, […]

Thanks to the line technicians who keep the lights on

They set out in the dead of night or the cold of winter to bring back your power. They climb poles, work from bucket trucks and maintain energized lines. On April 8, line technicians will be recognized in our local community as part of National Lineworker Appreciation Day. Great River Energy, member-owned power supplier to […]

Great River Energy to receive energy from Buffalo Ridge wind project

Agreement with subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources will add 109 megawatts of renewable capacity to the cooperative’s portfolio  Great River Energy recently signed a power purchase agreement with a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC for a new 109-megawatt (MW) wind project to be built in Lincoln County, Minn. Great River Energy will supply 22 […]