Monthly Archives: September 2019

Utilities launch transmission grid study

The CapX2020 utilities have announced their plan to study the transmission system that serves the Upper Midwest to identify system improvements and infrastructure upgrades that may be needed to achieve the ambitious 2050 carbon reduction goals established or proposed by utilities and policymakers. The CapX2050 Transmission Vision Study will look at maintaining a safe, reliable […]

Member Moment: Goodhue County Cooperative Electric 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. With more than 90 percent of its members owning homes and farmsteads, Goodhue County Cooperative Electric Association (GCCEA) understands the importance of serving the people in its communities. “We value all of our […]

Partners start outreach on transmission rebuild project

Great River Energy and Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) are planning to re-build approximately 38 miles of power lines in Big Stone and Stevens counties in Minnesota. The utilities co-hosted two public information open houses to share details about the re-build project, answer questions and listen to feedback in August. The project is needed to […]

Co-ops help bring America’s pastime to communities

More than 3,500 youth in 42 different Twins Territory communities participated in baseball and softball clinics for free this summer, courtesy of a partnership between the Minnesota Twins and Great River Energy. Play Ball! Minnesota youth clinics have since 1961 promoted baseball and softball to boys and girls ages 6-13 throughout the Upper Midwest. Knowledgeable […]

New ideas make a better co-op

Culture of business improvement spurs more than $315M in cost savings, revenue Located in the middle of North Dakota is Coal Creek Station, Great River Energy’s largest power plant. It depends on rail to receive supplies and send products to other locations. The railroad tracks were placed in a low-lying area, which works fine for […]

Elk River power plant to be decommissioned

Demolition planned for spring 2020 The power plant that has stood south of downtown Elk River for nearly 70 years has been taken out of service and will be demolished. “Great River Energy will conduct demolition activities in a responsible manner that will safeguard the local environment and assure the safety and security of our […]