Monthly Archives: August 2021

Energy when it matters most

During cool weather in March and April, the operations and maintenance crews at Great River Energy peaking stations are hard at work with summer operations in mind. “The maintenance we do in the springtime gets the plants ready for the hot weather in June, July and August — that’s what we prepare for,” said Great […]

Demand response undergoing high-tech transformation

A lot can happen with just the flip of a switch. It could mean your morning smoothie beginning to blend, a fan turning on to cool you down or a lamp lighting up to help you read. For electric cooperatives like Great River Energy, the flip of a switch can mean relieving the grid during […]

Studies evaluate pathways to decarbonization in Minnesota

States across the country have either already enacted policies to decarbonize their economies or are currently working toward implementing them. But different policies, even with the same goals, can have different impacts on each state’s energy system. Over the years, there have been several proposals in Minnesota, including some that would increase the state’s renewable […]

Co-op CEO touts voluntary conservation efforts to Congress

The best way to preserve the struggling monarch butterfly is through voluntary conservation efforts rather than government regulation, a Minnesota electric cooperative CEO recently told a House panel. “Our goal is to protect this iconic species for posterity,” said Justin Jahnz, CEO of East Central Energy (ECE), in testimony before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee […]