Monthly Archives: August 2020

A future for falcons

As Great River Energy planned to demolish a power plant, employees found a way to preserve the site’s beloved falcons – and set an example that could have lasting effects on peregrine falcon populations. A pair of peregrine falcons returned in March to a Great River Energy facility location in Elk River and accepted their […]

Elk River skyline changing as plant structures come down

The Elk River Energy Recovery Station was shut down March 15, 2019, following years of economic challenges. Great River Energy is decommissioning and demolishing the plant in a responsible manner that will safeguard the local environment while also assuring the safety and security of employees and the local community. Crews have spent much of the […]

Stanton Station demolition, restoration complete

Land on the bank of the Missouri River was converted from a field to Stanton Station in the mid-1960s. For half a century, the power plant created reliable energy for Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives. Today, the site is fully restored to resemble what it looked like more than 50 years ago. Nearly three years […]

Member Moment: Lake Country Power

“Member Moment” highlights one of Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives and how it uniquely demonstrates what it means to be a cooperative. This member-owner cooperative makes do with what it has and stretches it as far as it will go. Lake Country Power (LCP) has the largest service area of any Minnesota electric cooperative and […]

Wright-Hennepin plants pollinator habitat

Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association (WH) recently seeded a native planting at its Rockford, Minnesota, headquarters. The planting is located on 1.25 acres of land in front of two WH solar communities. The property will soon provide habitat for pollinators such as birds, bees and butterflies. Minnesota Native Landscapes, based in Otsego, Minnesota, prepped the site […]

Interns gain experience despite pandemic

Great River Energy celebrated National Intern Day on July 30 by recognizing its 15 interns, who have gained valuable experience while Great River Energy adjusted its operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Great River Energy’s internship program offers a well-rounded experience for students by providing exposure to the real world, utility industry and a cooperative […]

Co-ops help DataBank achieve renewable energy milestone

With the help of Dakota Electric Association and Great River Energy, a local data center is powered entirely by renewable energy. DataBank, a leading provider of enterprise-class colocation, connectivity and managed services, announced the milestone was achieved at MSP2, a data center located in Eagan, Minnesota. DataBank entered into an agreement with utility provider Dakota […]