Category Archives: Company news

Concern for community shown all year long

The winter holiday season is here, a time when community members come together to celebrate and family and friends give gifts. It’s also a time when many people give back. With nearly one-third of all charitable giving taking place in December, it has rightfully earned the “season of giving” moniker. Sharing with others, whether through […]

Could a planned blackout happen here?

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) made strategic and unprecedented decisions last month to temporarily shut off power to large swaths of its California customers to avoid a potential wildfire disaster due to high wind conditions. Schools closed, people scrambled to purchase supplies, patients in need of medical care were forced to evacuate, homes went […]

Responsible land management earns state award

The North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC) presented Great River Energy with a reclamation award for outstanding stewardship of the land during the decommissioning and demolition of the Stanton Station power plant. The PSC presented its 2019 North Dakota Award for Excellence in Surface Coal Mining and Reclamation to Great River Energy for “environmentally responsible […]

Great River Energy launches new website

A company’s public website is its handshake, business card and elevator speech all in one place. It needs to reach key stakeholders, from the general public to legislative officials to potential employees. In an effort to make Great River Energy’s website reflect its brand, employees and culture, the co-op launched a refreshed website at […]

Board seats new director

Great River Energy recently welcomed a new director to its board with the arrival of Greg Blaine. Blaine serves on the Stearns Electric Association Board of Directors. He joins the Great River Energy board following the departure of longtime director Mike Blenkush, who recently moved out of Stearns’ service area. A dairy farmer by trade, […]

Wholesale rates staying flat in 2020

Board approves budget with no change to average wholesale electric rates Great River Energy won’t change its average electric rate when the cooperative begins a new fiscal year on Jan. 1, 2020. The recent approval of Great River Energy’s 2020 budget with flat average wholesale rates fulfilled a promise the cooperative made to its membership […]

Great River Energy named to ‘Co-op 100’ list

National Cooperative Bank recently released its annual NCB Co-op 100®, listing the nation’s top 100 revenue-earning cooperative businesses, of which Great River Energy ranked No. 55. “The theme for co-op month this year is ‘Co-ops: By the Community, For the Community,’” said Charles E. Snyder, president and CEO of NCB. “Cooperatives are unique because they […]

Utilities launch transmission grid study

The CapX2020 utilities have announced their plan to study the transmission system that serves the Upper Midwest to identify system improvements and infrastructure upgrades that may be needed to achieve the ambitious 2050 carbon reduction goals established or proposed by utilities and policymakers. The CapX2050 Transmission Vision Study will look at maintaining a safe, reliable […]

Co-ops help bring America’s pastime to communities

More than 3,500 youth in 42 different Twins Territory communities participated in baseball and softball clinics for free this summer, courtesy of a partnership between the Minnesota Twins and Great River Energy. Play Ball! Minnesota youth clinics have since 1961 promoted baseball and softball to boys and girls ages 6-13 throughout the Upper Midwest. Knowledgeable […]

New ideas make a better co-op

Culture of business improvement spurs more than $315M in cost savings, revenue Located in the middle of North Dakota is Coal Creek Station, Great River Energy’s largest power plant. It depends on rail to receive supplies and send products to other locations. The railroad tracks were placed in a low-lying area, which works fine for […]