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Great River Energy to sign agreement with Apex Clean Energy for 400-megawatt Discovery Wind

Agreement will deliver power from one of the region’s largest renewable resources to Twin Cities via high-voltage direct-current transmission line. Great River Energy has reached an agreement in principle with Apex Clean Energy to receive renewable energy from a 400-megawatt (MW) wind energy project in McLean County, North Dakota. The Discovery Wind project, expected to […]

Key approvals advance Great River Energy portfolio transition

Recent actions by energy regulators in St. Paul and Washington, D.C., have moved Great River Energy further along in the transition of its power supply portfolio. Approvals by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will help facilitate Great River Energy’s sale of Coal Creek Station and its high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) […]

Elk River demolition nearly complete

Two-and-a-half years after the retirement of the Elk River Energy Recovery Station, the power plant site now resembles how it likely looked a century ago. Great River Energy staff and specialized crews are wrapping up a project that included long periods dedicated to decommissioning, demolition and site restoration. Situated within a hillside above the Mississippi […]

GridEx puts energy industry to the test

More than 80 Great River Energy employees were engaged in a crisis management exercise organized by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) in November. The two-day exercise, named GridEx VI, was designed to enhance the coordination of cyber and physical security resources and practices within the industry, as well as communication with government partners […]

Great River Energy makes ‘Co-op 100’ list

Great River Energy came in at No. 57 in National Cooperative Bank’s recently released NCB 100® listing of the nation’s top 100 revenue-earning cooperative businesses. This annual list showcases the advancement of cooperatives as they play an increasingly influential role in the national and global economy. While similar in some respects to other business models, […]

Patel elected to Midwest Reliability Organization board

Great River Energy Vice President and Chief Transmission Officer Priti Patel was elected in early November to the Midwest Reliability Organization (MRO) board of directors. The MRO recently asked for nominations from its industry sector members to fill seats on its board of directors. Patel will represent the cooperative sector. Her term will start Jan. […]

Cybersecurity program earns national acclaim

Information Security Program Manager Marc Child was recently recognized for his — and Great River Energy’s — efforts to promote a safe and secure electric system. Child was honored with the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center’s (E-ISAC) Electricity Security Service Award. The inaugural award was presented during GridSecCon, a North American Electric Reliability Corporation […]

Great River Energy clean energy transition brings era of rate stability

Most Great River Energy member-owner cooperatives will see wholesale rates decrease in 2022 At a time when prices are rising on many products and services, Great River Energy is holding its wholesale electricity rates relatively flat into 2022 and projecting rate stability into the future. “We spent over a decade transitioning to a portfolio of […]

Board donates $25,000 to Louisiana hurricane relief

One of the mainstay principles of Great River Energy’s business model is “cooperation among cooperatives.” That can mean sending additional crews out to an area to help restore power more quickly for a co-op’s members or sending financial help to cooperative service territories recovering from extreme storm damage. Great River Energy’s board recently took action […]

Working with stakeholders to consider diverse views

Great River Energy hosted a virtual event Tuesday, Oct. 5, for the Great Plains Institute (GPI), a nonprofit organization striving to ensure the United States is on the right path in the next decade to achieve a net-zero carbon economy by 2050. Great River Energy President and Chief Executive Officer David Saggau provided opening comments. […]