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Substation cleaned of ashes, soot following Northern Metals fire

When black smoke settled over the Northern Metals facility in Becker, Minnesota, the smog hovered for almost a week. Nearby, Great River Energy’s Liberty Substation was so covered in smog that employees couldn’t perform a visual inspection of the substation equipment due to health concerns. Most of the substation had to be de-energized as a …

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Great River Energy responds to pandemic

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, Great River Energy is taking precautions to protect the health and well-being of its employees to ensure the co-op is prepared to keep the lights on for 1.7 million Minnesotans. Great River Energy has implemented its response plan, which includes enacting social distancing practices. Employees who can work …

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Organizations partner to preserve bird habitat

Eighty acres of Great River Energy-owned property was recently placed in a conservation easement with the help of the Minnesota Land Trust. The area—adjacent to Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area (WMA)—creates a natural, continuous habitat for numerous bird species, including red-shouldered hawks, sandhill cranes and red-headed woodpeckers. “The importance of this property cannot be understated,” …

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Survey reveals member views on energy

Those are the attributes Minnesota cooperative members value most about the electricity that serves their homes, schools and businesses. That is just one of the discoveries from a recent survey of 800 member-consumers who receive electricity from Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives. Great River Energy has conducted this biennial survey since 2008. “This type …

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Co-ops lead in growing indoor ag trend

Minnesota grocers have long relied on trucking in salad greens and tomatoes from farms thousands of miles away for at least a portion of the year. This amount of travel compromises produce quality and freshness, raises prices and creates more carbon emissions. But with advanced indoor farming technology, produce can be grown closer to home …

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Member Moment: Arrowhead Cooperative

“Member Moment” highlights one of Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives and how it uniquely demonstrates what it means to be a cooperative. Tucked away near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Lake Superior and Ontario, Canada, is Arrowhead Cooperative. After forming in 1953 when the Lutsen Light & Power Company closed its doors, Arrowhead has …

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Market aids in supplying reliable, affordable electricity

Where does the electricity that serves Minnesota come from? If you’re a co-op member, it’s an ever changing and growing mix of reliable and cost-competitive energy produced by wind turbines, power plants, and hydroelectric dams across a 15-state market region. Access to reliable and cost-competitive electricity is made possible through Great River Energy’s participation in …

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$5 million refunded to membership

At the close of a very successful 2019, Great River Energy issued a refund to its member-owner cooperatives. Great River Energy far exceeded its 2019 margin goal, which allowed the cooperative to pay down future financial obligations and send $5 million to its member-owner cooperatives. “The success of 2019 will benefit members immediately through a …

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New site chosen for Elk River peregrine falcons

With decommissioning of the Elk River Energy Recovery Station underway, many are wondering what will happen with the nesting peregrine falcons who have long made the plant their home. What started as an Eagle Scout project with the Raptor Resource Project in 2006 grew to see 38 young peregrine falcons fledge from the Elk River …

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