Monthly Archives: October 2021

Cooperatives build community

While electricity is the main product cooperatives like Great River Energy and its member-owners supply, that isn’t their sole purpose. More than just power supply and lines, co-ops build jobs, trust, communities and hope. They work to improve the quality of life for those they serve; donate time, energy and resources to organizations that help […]

Why co-ops work

Great River Energy provides wholesale power to 28 electric cooperatives that collectively own Great River Energy and provide electricity to more than 700,000 consumer-members. While other types of businesses must produce returns for investors and other stakeholders, cooperatives focus on doing what’s best for their member-owners. Great River Energy’s board of directors includes directors from […]

Electric vehicle events get Minnesotans behind the wheel

One of the most effective ways to break down barriers when it comes to understanding new technology is to get hands-on experience with it. That’s what electric cooperatives across Minnesota are providing consumers by hosting electric vehicle (EV) events that showcase various car models and offer people the opportunity to get behind the wheel. Several […]

Board donates $25,000 to Louisiana hurricane relief

One of the mainstay principles of Great River Energy’s business model is “cooperation among cooperatives.” That can mean sending additional crews out to an area to help restore power more quickly for a co-op’s members or sending financial help to cooperative service territories recovering from extreme storm damage. Great River Energy’s board recently took action […]

Careers in Energy Week highlights varied workforce

Energy professionals are proudly leading the country toward attaining decarbonization goals while maintaining energy reliability, resiliency, safety and affordability. And the energy industry is growing. According to the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD), more than 6 million people work in energy careers in the United States but an additional several hundred thousand employees will […]

Working with stakeholders to consider diverse views

Great River Energy hosted a virtual event Tuesday, Oct. 5, for the Great Plains Institute (GPI), a nonprofit organization striving to ensure the United States is on the right path in the next decade to achieve a net-zero carbon economy by 2050. Great River Energy President and Chief Executive Officer David Saggau provided opening comments. […]

Transmission project kicks off during virtual open house

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in major changes to the way Great River Energy conducts its business. What has not changed is the importance of engaging member-owners in the cooperative’s projects. Great River Energy has found new ways to gather stakeholder input while keeping the public safe and healthy. Great River Energy recently held a […]

Co-op employee appointed to state electricity board

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz along with Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan recently announced the appointment of an electric cooperative employee to the state Board of Electricity. Steve Haiby is manager of energy services at Lake Region Electric Cooperative (LREC), one of Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives. Haiby has more than 33 years of experience in […]