Monthly Archives: April 2021

Interim resource plan submission filed with PUC

Great River Energy recently filed an interim integrated resource plan (IRP) update with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) outlining the cooperative’s future power supply portfolio changes. Generally submitted every two years, an IRP is a forward-looking document that requires utilities to give advance notice of how they plan to generate electricity for the next […]

Electrify your lawn care

Electricity is starting to power more than just the vehicles that get you to and from your daily destinations. It’s also being used to replace the gas you normally use to fill up your lawn mower. When it comes time to buying a lawn mower, there are several reasons to opt for an electric version […]

$25 million to members: Great River Energy returns patronage capital

Electric cooperatives aren’t like other utilities. The members are not only customers, they own a portion of the business. Great River Energy is owned by 28 distribution cooperatives. Cooperatives operate at cost, only collecting enough revenue to run the business. When there’s excess revenue collected, it’s returned to members through patronage capital payments. That’s what […]

Falcons return: Egg watch is on!

Great River Energy’s long-term peregrine falcon residents have returned to the Elk River, Minnesota, nest box. Brooklyn, the male, has returned for a seventh year and Breezy, the female, has returned for a fourth year. The pair produced four eggs between March 23 and March 29. The eggs are expected to hatch the week of […]

Safety is Personal: Leaders convene to share and brainstorm

At the center of every employee’s job at Great River Energy is a commitment to working safely. Every employee, regardless of position, is encouraged and empowered to speak up when they see hazards or ways to improve safety. Acting on those comments, Great River Energy’s leaders work with their teams to create a culture of […]

Line technicians power co-op communities

Line technicians play an important role in the local communities served by Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives by bringing the power back on in the dead of night and cold of winter. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association dedicates the second Monday in April as a time to thank and recognize line technicians and […]