Monthly Archives: December 2019

Coming soon: An electric co-op in Maji, Ethiopia

The same co-ops that brought electricity to the American countryside are helping start member-owned utilities in developing countries The first steps of forming a new electric cooperative have begun. This time, in Maji, a small town in Southwestern Ethiopia with 700 families. Surrounding the town are 22 kebeles, or small farming communities where about 4,800 […]

Wright-Hennepin makes equity investment in ZEF Energy

As part of a broader set of initiatives designed to promote the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association (WH) — one of Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives — has made an equity investment in ZEF Energy. Along with the investment, WH will also have a seat on ZEF Energy’s board of […]

East Central Energy celebrates new solar array

A new 2-megawatt solar array built for East Central Energy (ECE) members demonstrates the cooperative’s commitment to renewable energy. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last month at the array’s 15-acre site in Cambridge, Minnesota. ECE staff and directors welcomed Cambridge city officials, members of the North 65 Chamber of Commerce, representatives from Great River Energy […]

Moody’s affirms Great River Energy’s credit rating, positive outlook

Moody’s Investors Service upheld its Baa1 credit rating and positive outlook of Great River Energy in its recent analysis of the cooperative. Moody’s looks favorably on the electric cooperative’s long-term wholesale power contracts with member-owner cooperatives, rate autonomy and stable rate projection. A year ago, Moody’s changed its outlook of Great River Energy from stable […]

Celebrating 10 years of Keystone membership

Great River Energy is a corporate citizen that believes in supporting the communities it serves — even beyond its business purpose — and is celebrating 10 years of membership in a group that both recognizes the co-op’s giving efforts and encourages other businesses to do the same. Great River Energy is a member of the […]

Member Moment: Federated Rural 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. Federated Rural Electric Association serves the heavily agricultural Jackson and Martin counties with an electric system that employs advanced technology and innovative staff. The Jackson, Minnesota-based co-op serves some of the top pork […]

Concern for community shown all year long

The winter holiday season is here, a time when community members come together to celebrate and family and friends give gifts. It’s also a time when many people give back. With nearly one-third of all charitable giving taking place in December, it has rightfully earned the “season of giving” moniker. Sharing with others, whether through […]