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E-bike boom: Co-ops dip into e-bike sales following tech’s boost in popularity

When considering the switch to electric transportation, it might be best to start thinking small. While electric vehicles (EVs) are receiving much of the attention, it’s actually the smallest forms of e-transportation, such as e-bikes, that are experiencing the largest surge of popularity. And what’s more, this popularity doesn’t seem to be limited to metro …

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Budget, rates set for 2023

Strategic decisions to stabilize wholesale electricity rates continue to serve Great River Energy’s member-owners well, but broader economic challenges will impact energy costs in the year ahead. Great River Energy’s average 2023 wholesale rate is projected to increase by an average of 6.2% from the 2022 budgeted rate; however, many of Great River Energy’s all-requirements …

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Event connects entrepreneurs, leaders to support economic growth

As part of its commitment to powering economic growth in the communities it serves, Great River Energy sponsored the fourth annual Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Conference. Led by University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality, this event brought together entrepreneurs, business leaders, economic development professionals, decision makers, and community champions from around the state to …

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LREC celebrates 85 years with a statue dedication

This year marks the 85th anniversary of local farmers and rural residents banding together to form Lake Region Electric Cooperative (LREC), one of Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives. This group of people brought electricity to the people and farms located in surrounding rural areas which improved — and forever changed — the quality of …

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Great River Energy ranks among ‘Healthiest Employers’ in Minnesota

Ongoing efforts to improve employee wellness earned Great River Energy a place among the 2022 honorees for this year’s Healthiest Employers of Minnesota list. The electric cooperative took second place in the midsize category (500-4,999 employees) for Minnesota employers — behind only Syngenta, which employs more than 4,000 people. Employers from this region were recognized …

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Concern for community: A top principle for co-ops

Celebrated by cooperatives nationwide during the month of October, National Co-op Month is an annual opportunity to look at the many qualities that make them unique. Cooperatives are motivated by people and their needs, not by profit. The seven cooperative principles guide electric cooperatives to operate differently from other electric utilities, putting the needs of …

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Helping co-ops in crisis: Board pledges $25,000 for Hurricane Ian recovery

Cooperatives are built on the principle that a group of people united for a common cause is a powerful force. This is especially true when a cooperative must recover from a natural disaster. Great River Energy’s board of directors recently pledged $25,000 to the Florida Electric Cooperatives Association to aid in the relief effort for …

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Co-ops combat high temperatures, market prices during state’s ‘longest summer’

August came in hot — literally — for Minnesotans, and data collected from Great River Energy’s demand response programs this summer reflect the high temperatures and market prices. The month’s first week brought temperatures in the mid-90s with the National Weather Service Twin Cities recording the average daily high at 81.5 degrees Fahrenheit. In the …

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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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