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E-bike boom: Co-ops dip into e-bike sales following tech’s boost in popularity

When considering the switch to electric transportation, it might be best to start thinking small. While electric vehicles (EVs) are receiving much of the attention, it’s actually the smallest forms of e-transportation, such as e-bikes, that are experiencing the largest surge of popularity. And what’s more, this popularity doesn’t seem to be limited to metro …

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Experience, education inspire the switch to electric vehicles

Humans are creatures of habit, settling into routines and rarely disrupting them unless advantages are presented by alternatives. But more people are finding themselves breaking out of their comfort zones — even if just for a few minutes — to feel what it could be like if they owned an all-electric vehicle (EV). Utilities like …

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Electric fleet vehicles present advantages for utilities

Great River Energy recently hosted an event that featured the state’s largest collection of electric utility fleet-specific vehicles to showcase how the technology is being applied to transportation options within the utility industry. Vehicles ranging from a cargo van to a mini excavator and even a hybrid bucket truck— all powered by electricity — were …

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Cooperatives bring EVs to Greater Minnesota

A coalition of electric cooperatives worked together to hold the first annual Southwest MN Electric Vehicle (EV) event where rural residents were able to get a firsthand look at — and even test drive — several EV models. The event, held Aug. 10 at the Windom Community Center, also helped raise awareness of the many …

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Road trip fan uses YouTube channel to document EV travels, debunk common myths

Brian Riebe once believed owning an electric vehicle (EV) was a pipe dream. Now, he’s driving his Tesla Model Y on cross-country trips while sharing his experience along the way to show the average person it’s a real possibility for them, too. As recently as four years ago, Riebe — a 45-year-old freelance video editor, …

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Industry leaders plan to ‘Electrify Minnesota’

Electrification is a central principle among energy stakeholders, but requires advance collaboration and investment As the only sector exceeding decarbonization goals, the electric industry is leading the clean energy transition. To continue this momentum, legislators, utilities and consumer technology leaders strategized future electrification opportunities at an event called “Electrify Minnesota” hosted by the Beneficial Electrification …

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‘Sota Grown earns recognition for rural vitality

A collaborative project between electric cooperatives and organizations with a vested interest in the success of rural communities was recently recognized by the Environmental Initiative during its 2022 award season. ‘Sota Grown, a two-year demonstration project to sustainably grow leafy greens year-round for Minnesota residents using a hydroponic growing system inside a shipping container, was selected to …

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Leading the charge

Electric sector’s greenhouse gas reductions putting state goal in reach Great River Energy and other Minnesota utilities are setting the pace to meet the state’s emissions target. Between 2005 and 2018, greenhouse gas emissions related to electricity dropped 29% in Minnesota. The sectors with the next biggest reductions — waste and transportation — reduced emissions …

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Powering electric vehicles with 100% wind energy

Great River Energy developed Revolt, a first-of-its-kind program that allows electric vehicle (EV) owners to further support the use of renewable energy. When a member claims their upgrade, Great River Energy dedicates wind energy to completely cover the electricity used to fuel an EV for the car’s lifetime. Launched in 2015 to accolades from other …

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