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Great River Energy files update to power supply plans

Great River Energy recently made a public filing detailing the latest information about the cooperative’s power supply plans. The interim update was a requirement of Great River Energy from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) earlier this year. At that time, the PUC approved a one-year extension for the cooperative’s next full integrated resource plan …

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Cooperatives handle the heat

As summer draws to a close, Great River Energy and its member-owner cooperatives are looking back on a season of reliable electric service despite news coverage and warnings about a shortage of electricity in the Midwest. Even though the Midwest electric system had less surplus electricity than prior summers, the region still had nearly 8% …

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Experience, education inspire the switch to electric vehicles

Humans are creatures of habit, settling into routines and rarely disrupting them unless advantages are presented by alternatives. But more people are finding themselves breaking out of their comfort zones — even if just for a few minutes — to feel what it could be like if they owned an all-electric vehicle (EV). Utilities like …

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Membership approves customer arrangement with Connexus Energy

Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives today approved the agreements required for Connexus Energy to transition from member-owner to customer of Great River Energy. Great River Energy will continue to supply wholesale energy to Connexus Energy, and the new agreements will establish a contractual framework for Connexus Energy to secure more of its own power supply …

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Investing in a strong electric system

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), the region’s grid operator, approved a portfolio of transmission projects last month as part of the first phase of its Long-Range Transmission Plan. In total MISO approved 18 projects across its Midwest sub region, with six in the Upper Midwest. One of these projects is an approximately 150-mile, double-circuit …

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Great River Energy earns third Great Place to Work Certification™ 

Great River Energy is proud to be Certified™ by Great Place to Work® for the third time. The prestigious award is based entirely on what current employees say about their experience working at Great River Energy. This year, 88% of employees said it’s a great place to work – that’s 31 points higher than the …

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Minnesota Power and Great River Energy to build transmission line to bolster electric reliability in northern Minnesota

Minnesota Power, a utility division of ALLETE Inc. (NYSE: ALE), and Great River Energy today announced their intent to build an approximately 150-mile, double-circuit 345-kV transmission line from northern Minnesota to central Minnesota near Becker that will support grid reliability in the Upper Midwest. The transmission line will run from Minnesota Power’s Iron Range Substation …

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Aerial patrols prove effective in many situations

Helicopters provide a great way for Great River Energy to both inspect its lines, equipment and right of way, and to make repairs from overhead when needed. In May and June, Great River Energy used helicopters for all these jobs. Byron Johnson, leader of vegetation management at the cooperative, said efficiency and having a bird’s …

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Cooperatives serve members by investing in their communities

Electric cooperatives serve their members with the electric power necessary for community businesses and residents to operate and live as they prefer. The economic development services cooperatives provide are also some of the most critical resources that local projects and communities need. But sometimes, the cooperatives are the economic development projects themselves. For example, some …

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Electric system resilient during sweltering heat

This summer’s hot weather has led to Minnesotans scrambling for shade and seeking refuge in the air conditioning — but the electric grid has performed as expected, even when demand for electricity approached record levels. “We were staffed up and monitoring the situation closely, but the transmission network overall held up quite well,” said Mark …

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