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Great River Energy recognized as a ‘Healthiest Employer’ for 2023

Great River Energy’s long-standing reputation as a leading well-being employer continues as the cooperative received another industry accolade. Great River Energy once again received recognition for its employee well-being efforts, placing first as an honoree for the 2023 Healthiest Employers of Minnesota in the mid-size category. At a national level, Great River Energy has earned …

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Safe. Smart. Responsible: Installing bird flight diverters using drones protects lineworkers and wildlife

Utilities have long taken measures to make electric infrastructure more visible and less obstructive to plants and animals. A Great River Energy project in southwest Minnesota demonstrates a new approach to keeping birds safe. Due to avian strike concerns on the CapX2020 transmission line segment between the Lyon and Hazel substations near Cottonwood, Minnesota, Great …

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New fire engine ready to serve Jamestown area

The Jamestown Rural Fire Department’s newest truck has arrived and is ready to keep the community safe, thanks in part to a $25,000 donation from Great River Energy. The department covers a wide area surrounding Jamestown, North Dakota, including Great River Energy’s combined heat and power plant Spiritwood Station and the homes of many employees …

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Heinz joins board of directors

Cooperatives like Great River Energy and its member-owners are unique. They operate at cost, only collecting enough revenue to serve their members and meet their financial obligations. They are also governed by boards of directors elected by, and from, the membership. The Great River Energy board of directors welcomed its newest member in January when …

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Electric utility vehicle goes to work

Great River Energy has put into service an all-electric utility vehicle to gain more experience with electric field vehicles and follow the principle to “electrify everything.” The vehicle, a Polaris Ranger XP Kinetic, arrived last fall at the cooperative’s Dickinson Converter Station located in Buffalo, Minnesota, and employees have been putting it to the test. …

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Great River Energy offering annual scholarships to North Dakota students

Great River Energy is offering scholarships for graduating seniors who are pursuing a four-year or vocational-technical degree in North Dakota. This year, up to six $500-1,000 scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors from the following North Dakota high schools: Barnes County North, Garrison, Jamestown, Max, Turtle Lake-Mercer, Underwood, Valley City, Washburn and Wilton. Scholarship …

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Great River Energy receives ‘Equality 100 Award’ designation

Great River Energy received a top score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2023-24 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality. Great River Energy joins the ranks of 545 major U.S. businesses that also earned top marks this year …

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Budget, rates set for 2024

With less than two months left in 2023, Great River Energy’s board of directors recently met to determine the cooperative’s budget and wholesale electric rates in the year ahead. Great River Energy’s average 2024 wholesale rate is projected to increase by an average of 2.2% from the 2023 budgeted rate. “Our rates remain nearly 20% …

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Pollinator Strong schedules fall plantings

Great River Energy’s commitment to plant and restore pollinator habitats across its eligible sites continues this fall as several late fall plantings are scheduled for the last several days of October. The plantings are part of Great River Energy’s Pollinator Strong initiative, a pledge to environmental sustainability by creating food and nesting space for animals …

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Grid North Partners to implement 19 transmission upgrades to reduce system congestion

Grid North Partners utilities have identified 19 transmission project upgrades expected to be built over the next three years. These projects, which span Minnesota and touch eastern South Dakota, will enable more low-cost renewable energy to be delivered from western Minnesota to customers throughout the region by reducing congestion on the transmission system. “We have …

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