Monthly Archives: May 2020

Major power supply changes to reduce costs to member-owner cooperatives

Great River Energy plans to replace coal with low cost renewables and market energy purchases Great River Energy announced plans today to transform its portfolio of power supply resources in the coming years, significantly reducing member-owner wholesale power costs. The electric cooperative plans to phase out remaining coal resources, add significant renewable energy and explore […]

Great River Energy to be conservative in returning to normal work arrangements

As government officials at the state and federal levels begin to lift restrictions and turn their attention to re-opening businesses, Great River Energy and electric utilities everywhere are beginning to discuss how they will approach returning to more normal business operations. Since March 12, all Great River Energy employees who can reasonably work from home […]

Bogart appointed to top job at Kandiyohi

Kandiyohi Power Cooperative, one of Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives, announced that its board of directors appointed Sonja Bogart as chief executive officer. Bogart has 25 years of experience in the energy industry. Most recently, Bogart served as the chief operating officer at Umatilla Electric Cooperative in eastern Oregon. She previously served as the […]

Midwest grid prepared for summer

The organization that monitors the region’s electric grid projects there are adequate power reserves to meet demand for electricity this summer. The Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) expects summer demand to peak at 125 gigawatts (GW), with 152 GW of available capacity. The system’s summer peak demand forecast was reviewed during the recent Summer Readiness […]

Member Moment: BENCO 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. When cooperatives work together, great things can happen. BENCO Electric Cooperative (BENCO), which has served southern Minnesota residents with reliable, affordable electric service since 1935, regularly demonstrates the “cooperation among cooperatives” guiding principle […]

Minnesota co-ops win Spotlight on Excellence awards

Two of Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives were recognized for achievements in communications and marketing by the national association of electric cooperatives. Lake Country Power (LCP) and Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association (WH) were honored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association with Spotlight on Excellence Awards for their outstanding work this past year. The program’s […]

Employee ingenuity earns national recognition

Three Great River Energy employees recently received Technology Transfer Awards from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for their achievements in collaborative research and development projects. Presented annually, EPRI’s Technology Transfer Awards recognize industry leaders and innovators who help companies transform research into results and solutions that can improve the efficiency of power plants, harden […]