Category Archives: Company news

Interim resource plan submission filed with PUC

Great River Energy recently filed an interim integrated resource plan (IRP) update with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) outlining the cooperative’s future power supply portfolio changes. Generally submitted every two years, an IRP is a forward-looking document that requires utilities to give advance notice of how they plan to generate electricity for the next […]

$25 million to members: Great River Energy returns patronage capital

Electric cooperatives aren’t like other utilities. The members are not only customers, they own a portion of the business. Great River Energy is owned by 28 distribution cooperatives. Cooperatives operate at cost, only collecting enough revenue to run the business. When there’s excess revenue collected, it’s returned to members through patronage capital payments. That’s what […]

Safety is Personal: Leaders convene to share and brainstorm

At the center of every employee’s job at Great River Energy is a commitment to working safely. Every employee, regardless of position, is encouraged and empowered to speak up when they see hazards or ways to improve safety. Acting on those comments, Great River Energy’s leaders work with their teams to create a culture of […]

‘A place where everyone is valued’

Valuing diversity means creating an environment that respects and includes differences, recognizes unique contributions of individuals, and maximizes the potential of all employees. As a result of regularly demonstrating these values through its culture of inclusion, Great River Energy received a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2021 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). […]

Great year for safety, and a plan to improve

Great River Energy had a historic year for safety in 2020, recording the lowest injury rates in its 21-year history. As employees take on new projects in 2021, they are encouraged to learn from good catches and near misses to continuously improve the safety culture. Great River Energy’s remarkable safety scores are particularly impressive given […]

Experts convene to talk grid reliability

Leading experts from electric utilities, cooperatives and federal agencies around the country convened recently for the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) Reliability Leadership Summit to share experiences, learn from each other and discuss emerging risks to the reliability and security of the electric grid. Great River Energy’s Vice President and Chief Transmission Officer Priti […]

Two ways a unique internship program is opening doors

Juniors and seniors in college often seek internships, looking for ways to distinguish themselves among their peers. Great River Energy’s internship program is unique in more ways than one, and the differences are making it a huge success. Start them early, watch them grow The purpose of Great River Energy’s internship program is to provide […]

Concern for community shines during pandemic

The holiday season always serves as a time for reflection, gratitude and goodwill. While the past year brought with it many new challenges, Great River Energy and its employees pulled together to strengthen the communities the cooperative and its 28 member-owners serve. As we prepare for a new year, let’s first look back to a […]