Monthly Archives: October 2020

Plant closure, renewable plans detailed at industry event

During a recent conference hosted by a North Dakota energy group, Great River Energy President and Chief Executive Officer David Saggau detailed the economic reasons behind Great River Energy’s decision to shut down its Coal Creek Station power plant. Saggau informed the membership of the Lignite Energy Council about plans to shut down the Underwood, […]

By members, for members

Member-owned, nonprofit and democratically governed cooperatives are uniquely suited to serve suburban and rural communities as well as critical industries If you’ve ever traveled up north, visited a cabin or farm, gone camping or otherwise left town, there is a good chance you ventured into the parts of Minnesota served by electric cooperatives. “Co-ops tend […]

Member Moment: North Itasca 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. North Itasca Electric Cooperative may be small in terms of the number of member-consumers it serves, but is mighty in its ability to provide reliable, affordable electric service to its unique membership. North […]

Clean Grid Alliance honors co-op’s leadership, innovation

Great River Energy was recently presented with a Leadership and Innovation Award by a Cooperative Electric Utility by Clean Grid Alliance (CGA). CGA noted Great River Energy’s “track record of success,” including “clean energy and carbon reduction, adopting renewables, electrification, leading on building new transmission through the CapX2020 initiative, working on long-duration energy storage, service […]

Connexus Energy breaks ground on new solar project

Connexus Energy, one of Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives, recently held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction on its 3-megawatt solar project in Baldwin Township, Minnesota. Those involved with the building and permitting of Sunflower I – Baldwin Renewable Station, attended the ceremony, including representatives from Connexus Energy, Baldwin Township, City […]

Jones recognized as finalist for ORBIE CIO of the Year

Great River Energy’s Vice President and Chief Information Officer Jim Jones was recognized Sept. 18 as a finalist in the Twin Cities CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards. Judges rank finalists on innovation, leadership, business value creation and community involvement. Awards are presented each year in six different categories of organizations: global, enterprise, large enterprise, […]

ECE first to receive pollinator certificate

One of Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives was recently named the first electric cooperative—and the first applicant from the energy sector—to receive a Certificate of Inclusion into the monarch butterfly Candidate Conservation Agreement with the Assurances (CCAA). The CCAA program encourages transportation and energy partners to get involved in monarch conservation by providing and […]

Board welcomes new director

Great River Energy recently welcomed a new director to its board with the arrival of Scott Veitenheimer. Veitenheimer also sits on board of directors of Great River Energy member-owner Cooperative Light & Power (CLP). He currently serves as treasurer of the Two Harbors-based electric co-op. He joins the Great River Energy board following the departure […]