Monthly Archives: November 2019

Could a planned blackout happen here?

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) made strategic and unprecedented decisions last month to temporarily shut off power to large swaths of its California customers to avoid a potential wildfire disaster due to high wind conditions. Schools closed, people scrambled to purchase supplies, patients in need of medical care were forced to evacuate, homes went […]

Students get an energy education

A group of students from St. Michael Albertville High School’s principles of engineering course toured Great River Energy’s Maple Grove office and Elk River Peaking Station to learn more about the energy industry. The students began the day with a tour of the cooperative’s solar facilities led by Generation Engineer Jessie Kiddoo. “The students always […]

Responsible land management earns state award

The North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC) presented Great River Energy with a reclamation award for outstanding stewardship of the land during the decommissioning and demolition of the Stanton Station power plant. The PSC presented its 2019 North Dakota Award for Excellence in Surface Coal Mining and Reclamation to Great River Energy for “environmentally responsible […]

Member Moment: Redwood Electric Cooperative

“Member Moment” highlights one of Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives and how it uniquely demonstrates what it means to be a cooperative. Tucked away in the southwest portion of the state is Clements, Minnesota, home to approximately 115 residents and the headquarters location of Redwood Electric Cooperative (REC), one of Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner […]

Great River Energy launches new website

A company’s public website is its handshake, business card and elevator speech all in one place. It needs to reach key stakeholders, from the general public to legislative officials to potential employees. In an effort to make Great River Energy’s website reflect its brand, employees and culture, the co-op launched a refreshed website at […]

Coal Creek Station, Falkirk Mine host career and leadership day

High school sophomores and juniors took a hands-on approach to learning when they attended a career and leadership day at Great River Energy’s Coal Creek Station and the Falkirk Mine in North Dakota. Over 125 students were in attendance from Max, Turtle Lake-Mercer, Underwood, Washburn and Wilton high schools. During the daylong event, students participated […]

Board seats new director

Great River Energy recently welcomed a new director to its board with the arrival of Greg Blaine. Blaine serves on the Stearns Electric Association Board of Directors. He joins the Great River Energy board following the departure of longtime director Mike Blenkush, who recently moved out of Stearns’ service area. A dairy farmer by trade, […]

Wholesale rates staying flat in 2020

Board approves budget with no change to average wholesale electric rates Great River Energy won’t change its average electric rate when the cooperative begins a new fiscal year on Jan. 1, 2020. The recent approval of Great River Energy’s 2020 budget with flat average wholesale rates fulfilled a promise the cooperative made to its membership […]