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New year brings new wind resources

Great River Energy begins 2023 by adding two new wind agreements to its growing portfolio of renewable resources. The new year brought two new energy resources to Great River Energy’s power supply portfolio. The projects will collectively add more than 300 megawatts (MW) of nameplate generating capacity — and zero emissions. “Adding cost-effective wind resources …

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Co-ops persevere through historic holiday storm

The electric system proved resilient as Winter Storm Elliott brought blizzard conditions and subzero temperatures to the Midwest in the days leading up to Christmas. However, at critical moments Great River Energy and its member-owner cooperatives stepped up to keep the system reliable. Great River Energy and its member-owner cooperatives have designed their systems to …

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Public invited to learn more about the Northland Reliability Project

Public open houses for the Northland Reliability Project began this month. The open houses will have stops in seven different cities from Grand Rapids to Becker with two meetings at each location. They are being held throughout the study area to provide the public with information about Great River Energy, Minnesota Power and the project …

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Year ends on financial high note

Strong financial results allowed Great River Energy to return a bill credit to its member-owners Higher than expected annual revenues might inspire most companies to buy back shares, pay higher dividends or build their balance sheets. But not-for-profit cooperatives like Great River Energy provide electric service at cost and any additional gains are returned to …

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Cooperatives hope to benefit from federal funding opportunities

The federal funding opportunities provided through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) are said to be a “once in an era” investment into our nation’s infrastructure and offer the largest opportunity to develop energy infrastructure since the Rural Electrification Act of 1936. Between the two bills, there are hundreds of billions …

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Two co-ops announce new leadership

Two of Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives recently announced who will take the helm as their new chief executive officers. Ryan Hentges will be the next president and CEO at Dakota Electric Association, based in Farmington, Minnesota. Matt O’Shea has already begun serving as CEO of Stearns Electric Association, based in Melrose, Minnesota. Hentges comes …

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Public invited to learn about Northland Reliability power line project, offer feedback at open houses

Minnesota Power and Great River Energy will host a series of open houses in late January and early February where members of the public can learn more about the companies’ joint Northland Reliability Project. Minnesota Power, a utility division of ALLETE Inc. (NYSE: ALE), and Great River Energy, a wholesale electric power cooperative, plan to …

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A commitment to those who serve: Great River Energy includes veterans, service members and family in its concern for community

This time of year is notably considered “the season of giving.” It’s when people find themselves slowing down to focus on what really matters: their loved ones, their neighbors and those in need. It’s a time to give thanks for what you have while also paying it forward to contribute toward the greater good. But …

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Staying prepared for any weather

Just as you take precautionary measures to prepare for the winter season, so too do utilities and the organizations that manage, monitor and regulate the electric system. Grid stakeholders work together year-round to ensure electric service is reliable by conducting various assessments ahead of each season to project the energy needs of homes and businesses. …

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Patel shares importance of new transmission at statewide event

Speakers from electric utilities and state agencies shared stories about the future of energy in Minnesota at a recent Department of Commerce media event. Among the topics was the importance of strengthening Minnesota’s energy highways with transmission lines, such as the proposed Northland Reliability Project, to provide critical infrastructure for reliable energy. Great River Energy’s …

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