Monthly Archives: July 2019

Week of Service brings employees, communities together

Employees proudly represented Great River Energy at several nonprofit organizations June 17-20 as part of the cooperative’s third-annual Week of Service. The volunteer event had employees rolling up their sleeves and lending a hand in Minnesota and North Dakota communities. Volunteers in Minnesota cleaned the visitor center and weeded gardens at the historic Oliver Kelley […]

Co-ops weigh in at Senate clean energy panel

Eric Olsen, Great River Energy’s vice president and general counsel, was invited to Capitol Hill by the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis to participate in a meeting with other electric utility leaders to discuss the challenges they face in transitioning toward cleaner energy resources. The meeting, chaired by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), […]

Member Moment: Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative Electrical Association

“Member Moment” highlights one of Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives and how it uniquely demonstrates what it means to be a cooperative. In the middle of the Heartland Lakes near Itasca State Park sits Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative Electrical Association (IM), one of Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives. Each year the area welcomes people from all […]

Kandiyohi Power using new technology to balance grid

Kandiyohi Power Cooperative (KPC) is seeing the benefits of today’s sophisticated technology since it finished integrating its load management system with Great River Energy’s new demand response management system (DRMS) this spring. Load management is the process of balancing the supply and demand of electricity on the electric system by adjusting or controlling electric loads, […]

Why co-ops work

It all starts with a vote. When you become a cooperative member, you receive the right to vote for the fellow members you want to serve as stewards of the cooperative. Those elected directors hire the general manager (or CEO) to lead the organization and make sure the cooperative is delivering the service the membership […]

Fresh produce to be grown indoors with electricity

Leafy greens will soon be grown 365 days of the year Minnesota. How? An insulated shipping container equipped with a complete hydroponic growing system will be delivered to the Central Lakes College (CLC) Agricultural Campus as part of an Electric Power Research Institute research project with Great River Energy, Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative (TWEC), Lakewood Health […]

Arrowhead taps John Twiest as CEO/general manager

John Twiest was named Arrowhead Cooperative’s new CEO/general manager, effective July 1. Twiest joined the cooperative in 2005 as an electric apprentice lineman, then was promoted to operations/outside plant manager in 2013. Since then he has played an instrumental role in completing critical projects at the co-op, including the design and installation of its solar […]

Area teachers learn about energy

More than 100 elementary and secondary teachers switched roles in this summer as they became the students at an educational seminar hosted by the Lignite Energy Council. The seminar, held from June 10-13 at the National Energy Center of Excellence on the Bismarck State College campus, included educators from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and […]