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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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Energy forum engages rural Minnesota in clean energy conversation

From increased adoption of electric vehicles to navigating the ongoing transition to cleaner energy, Minnesota’s not-for-profit electric cooperatives offer innovative energy programs to member-owners. In a time of remarkable industry change, Lake Region Electric Cooperative (LREC) — one of Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives — hosted an open forum for its member-owners last month. Electric cooperatives across …

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Co-ops lead national electric bus initiative

Electric cooperatives are spearheading a new initiative to accelerate the deployment of electric school buses (ESBs) across the country. This coalition was launched with the Beneficial Electrification League (BEL) in advance of the disbursement of federal funds targeted to ESBs included in the Investment in Infrastructure and Jobs Act passed by Congress in 2021. Great …

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Super Bowl ads highlight electric vehicles

Brands know advertising during the Super Bowl is one of the most efficient ways to get their products in front of millions of eyes at once. This year, 112.3 million viewers watched as six of seven car brands used their prime advertising spots as an opportunity to promote their electric vehicle (EV) options. Companies including …

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Smart electrification: Leaf blowers offer convenience, cleaner air

Certain devices that have traditionally been powered by gasoline now have electric models that offer a host of benefits to cooperative members as well as smart electricity sales for co-ops. This month, Great River News looks at an autumn necessity: the leaf blower. When looking to make quick work of leaves and debris, the benefits …

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