Category Archives: Beneficial electrification

Buildout of EV fast-charging network continues across Minnesota, US

A cross-country route that allows electric vehicle (EV) drivers to travel from coast to coast using the largest open DC fast-charging network in the United States is now complete. The route is part of Electrify America’s $2 billion investment into charging infrastructure, education and access. It travels along Interstates 15 and 70, spanning 11 states […]

Electric farming equipment is an energy trend to watch

America’s farmers have worked for generations in fields across the country. They have seen firsthand how farming equipment has improved over the decades to increase efficiency and to feed an ever-growing population. A major change is the trend of switching fossil fuel-powered farming equipment toward electric models. This trend builds on the idea of beneficial […]

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 […]

Shipping container to grow leafy greens year-round arrives

An insulated shipping container outfitted with a complete hydroponic growing system that will provide numerous Minnesotans with fresh, leafy greens year-round recently reached its destination. Central Lakes College’s (CLC) Ag and Energy Center in Staples is the new home of ‘Sota Grown, a collaborative indoor agriculture project between Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative (TWEC), Lakewood Health System […]

Wright-Hennepin makes equity investment in ZEF Energy

As part of a broader set of initiatives designed to promote the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association (WH) — one of Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives — has made an equity investment in ZEF Energy. Along with the investment, WH will also have a seat on ZEF Energy’s board of […]

Electric vehicles stop by Minnesota’s North Shore

Residents from around Duluth were able to check out several types of electric vehicles (EVs) during a special EV-focused event recently held there. Representatives from Great River Energy and several of its member-owner cooperatives—including Arrowhead Cooperative, Cooperative Light & Power, East Central Energy and Lake Country Power (LCP)—partnered to bring this opportunity to the North […]

Gov. Walz stresses role of co-ops in big electric vehicle plans

Great River Energy’s leadership in electrifying the economy—specifically its focus on electric vehicles (EVs)—was recognized in September as Great River Energy’s David Saggau and David Ranallo were invited to join Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz as he stressed the importance of EVs to achieve Minnesota’s environmental goals. Plans announced by Gov. Walz’s are expected to result […]

Co-ops launch one-stop shop for EV chargers

The easiest way to help consumers transition from traditional gasoline vehicles to an electric vehicle (EV) is by making the process as simple as possible. Great River Energy and its participating member-owner cooperatives are doing their part by creating a one-stop shop for member-consumers to purchase and install an EV charging station in their garage. […]

Co-op offers members a chance to drive electric

Anyone interested in learning more about electric vehicles (EV) was invited by McLeod Cooperative Power, one of Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives, to attend a ride and drive event held May 2. About 50 people attended the educational event in the parking lot of Crow River Winery, located near Hutchinson, Minn., to kick the […]