Monthly Archives: May 2019

Lancaster, Olsen to retire from Great River Energy

Great River Energy will say farewell to two long-tenured, respected leaders with the June retirements of Rick Lancaster and Kandace Olsen. “Rick and Kandace have made lasting contributions to Great River Energy’s success,” said President and Chief Executive Officer David Saggau. “As sad as it will be to see them retire, they both have prepared their […]

Member Moment: Lake Region Electric Cooperative

“Member Moment” highlights one of Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives and how they uniquely demonstrate what it means to be a cooperative. Minnesota earned the nickname of “Land of 10,000 Lakes” and it has Otter Tail County to thank for over 1,000 of those, which is more lakes than any other county in the country […]

Co-op offers members a chance to drive electric

Anyone interested in learning more about electric vehicles (EV) was invited by McLeod Cooperative Power, one of Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives, to attend a ride and drive event held May 2. About 50 people attended the educational event in the parking lot of Crow River Winery, located near Hutchinson, Minn., to kick the […]

Intern invents computer program to improve safety

What used to take four months of an intern’s time now takes 10 minutes. “Interns used to be assigned to manually run calculations on our lines to determine the incident energy for transmission line arc flash hazards,” said Melissa Phillips, Great River Energy engineer and intern mentor. “These reports would take a typical intern four […]

Co-op communications professionals connect at national conference

Great River Energy shared its message of electrification with cooperatives across the nation at the 2019 CONNECT Conference, hosted by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). Communications Leader Daniel Becchetti presented about Great River Energy and its member-owner cooperatives’ efforts to spur the adoption of electric vehicles. Becchetti detailed the Revolt program, Plug Into […]

Utilities study nuclear threats to grid

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) recently released a report on a study it performed over three years about how an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) caused by a nuclear explosion at high altitudes could impact the electric grid. EPRI gathered research in partnership with the Department of Energy, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, three national laboratories, […]