Category Archives: Company news

Board brings relief for members affected by coronavirus

Great River Energy’s board of directors earlier this month allocated funds to assist its 28 member-owner cooperatives with financial challenges related to the coronavirus pandemic. The cooperative allocated $3 million to assist its member-owners with unforeseen expenses, such as missed payments and forgiven late fees. “This demonstrates why 28 cooperatives benefit by being united as […]

New process collects high-value ash

Originally designed to solely produce electricity, Coal Creek Station is now integral to the production of several products as the center of an energy park. Together with Boral Resources, Coal Creek Station is now processing Micron3, an ultrafine ash separated from the plant’s fly ash. “This specialized product is used in high strength, low permeability […]

Great River Energy responds to pandemic

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, Great River Energy is taking precautions to protect the health and well-being of its employees to ensure the co-op is prepared to keep the lights on for 1.7 million Minnesotans. Great River Energy has implemented its response plan, which includes enacting social distancing practices. Employees who can work […]

$5 million refunded to membership

At the close of a very successful 2019, Great River Energy issued a refund to its member-owner cooperatives. Great River Energy far exceeded its 2019 margin goal, which allowed the cooperative to pay down future financial obligations and send $5 million to its member-owner cooperatives. “The success of 2019 will benefit members immediately through a […]

Employees install nest box for falcons

Work to provide a new home to the peregrine falcons who usually nest at Elk River Energy Recovery Station has begun. With decommissioning of the Elk River power plant underway, employees chose a new site for the falcons to return to for their typical nesting period from mid-February through March, depending on weather patterns. Line […]

Organizations partner to preserve bird habitat

Eighty acres of Great River Energy-owned property was recently placed in a conservation easement with the help of the Minnesota Land Trust. The area—adjacent to Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area (WMA)—creates a natural, continuous habitat for numerous bird species, including red-shouldered hawks, sandhill cranes and red-headed woodpeckers. “The importance of this property cannot be understated,” […]

Survey reveals member views on energy

Reliable. Safe. Affordable. Those are the attributes Minnesota cooperative members value most about the electricity that serves their homes, schools and businesses. That is just one of the discoveries from a recent survey of 800 member-consumers who receive electricity from Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives. Great River Energy has conducted this biennial survey since […]

Members receiving energy from new wind farm

The electricity serving cooperative members just got a little greener as another wind energy project has been added to the mix. The Emmons-Logan wind farm located in south central North Dakota began producing electricity in late December, becoming the largest renewable resource serving Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives. The 200-megawatt project will provide carbon-free electricity […]

Volunteers pack gifts for troops

More than two dozen volunteers from Maple Grove Beyond the Yellow Ribbon and Great River Energy packed up dozens of care packages for military personnel overseas before the holidays. The gifts include personal hygiene items and magazines to candy and cookies, all donated by members of the community. Great River Energy was named Minnesota’s 57th […]

New site chosen for Elk River peregrine falcons

With decommissioning of the Elk River Energy Recovery Station underway, many are wondering what will happen with the nesting peregrine falcons who have long made the plant their home. What started as an Eagle Scout project with the Raptor Resource Project in 2006 grew to see 38 young peregrine falcons fledge from the Elk River […]