Monthly Archives: June 2020

Great River Energy analyzes future of unique transmission system

The announcement that Great River Energy will close the Coal Creek Station power plant in the last half of 2022 led to in-depth analysis of how the cooperative’s high-voltage, direct-current (HVDC) transmission system will be used after the plant closes. The HVDC system, which is made up of a 436-mile transmission line and two converter […]

Long-duration battery project in the works

Wind farms produce electricity when it’s breezy. Solar panels generate energy during the day. Low-cost, long-duration storage has the potential to serve cooperative members when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining. A Great River Energy pilot project has the potential to solve the challenges posed by the variable nature of the most […]

Plans coming together for employees returning to the workplace

Great River Energy’s employees have successfully served its 28 member-owner cooperatives throughout the pandemic. Nearly half of the cooperative’s employees have continued reporting to their work locations to ensure reliable electricity keeps flowing to member-owners, while the other half have worked remotely since March 12 as a result of the coronavirus. “Great River Energy is […]

Guarding the future: Aubright adjusts amid COVID-19 pandemic

After ending 2019 strong, Aubright hit the ground running at the start of this year. The St. Cloud-based company, which is served by Great River Energy member-owner cooperative Stearns Electric Association, anticipated another successful year and planned to leverage its growth from 2019. In early January, however, the world began hearing reports about a novel […]

Member Moment: Brown County Rural Electrical Association

Better together: When cooperatives work together, they can accomplish great things. Throughout its history, Brown County Rural Electrical Association (Brown County REA) has served its members by forming unique partnerships among other cooperatives to accomplish what one cooperative simply could not. Employees at Brown County REA have worked with other cooperatives to meet their members’ […]

Homes for bees, butterflies create sustainable habitats

National Pollinator Week, recognized from June 22-26, celebrates the humble bees, butterflies, bats and other bugs that pollinate and support more than 70% of the world’s crops. Great River Energy and other electric cooperatives are among the many organizations that have played a role in re-establishing native habitat for these important species. Great River Energy […]

Moody’s upgrades Great River Energy

Moody’s Investors Service recently upgraded Great River Energy’s credit rating to A3 with a stable outlook. In its report, Moody’s commented that Great River Energy’s power supply plans and projected rate reductions stand to improve the cooperative’s credit and risk profile. Great River Energy announced plans May 7 to retire the 1,151-megawatt (MW) Coal Creek […]