Monthly Archives: June 2021

Electric system passes early summer test

Great River Energy’s system performed well in early June despite the stretch of temperatures repeatedly reaching above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. “We did not experience any overloading on the transmission system, and we did not need to make any special operational changes except for some equipment maintenance work schedule changes,” said Great River Energy Operations and […]

Minnesota law recognizes electricity’s benefits

A bill led by electric cooperatives to modernize and expand the state’s energy conservation program for utilities was signed into law by Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz last month. Receiving strong bipartisan support from both the House and Senate, the Energy Conservation and Optimization (ECO) Act updates and expands the state’s Conservation Improvement Program (CIP). The […]

Patel named 2021 Notable BIPOC Executive

Great River Energy’s Vice President and Chief Transmission Officer Priti Patel was recently named a Twin Cities Business 2021 Notable BIPOC Executive. The magazine featured notable BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) executives who have shown the ability to effect change, demonstrated a willingness to share expertise, and exhibited leadership in specific initiatives or programs […]

Making a buzz for pollinators

Humble bees, butterflies and other bugs pollinate more than 70% of the world’s crops. Great River Energy and other electric cooperatives are among the many organizations that have focused on the plight of these pollinators and are working to re-establish their native habitat. National Pollinator Week, recognized from June 21 to June 27, is an […]

Falcons banded in Elk River

The four young falcons residing in Great River Energy’s peregrine falcon nesting box in Elk River were banded last month. Representatives from the Raptor Resource Project conducted the banding and examined the young falcons. The two females and two males were deemed healthy and then named Joe’l, Eleanor, Todd and Sawyer. With the help of […]

Scholarships help future energy leaders

The energy industry has always been driven by smart people and new ideas. Scholarship programs funded and organized by Great River Energy are designed to provide training and education for the next generation to lead electric cooperatives. Great River Energy recently awarded dozens of scholarships to students attending high schools in North Dakota and Minnesota […]

Electric cooperatives ask members to do their part to conserve energy today

Cooperative members are being asked to conserve electricity. Please cut back energy use until 10 p.m. today. Your cooperation is appreciated. The heat wave we are experiencing has prompted the operator of the electric transmission system in our region to issue a maximum generation emergency event. This means that all generation is being called upon […]