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Ready for summer heat

Regional power grid provides an outlook for the peak summer season The Midwest grid operator, known as MISO, anticipates a stable summer for the region’s electric grid, projecting a probable peak demand of around 123 gigawatts (GW) and total available generation capacity of approximately 143 GW. While MISO expects sufficient capacity for normal summer conditions, …

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Energy experts discuss reliability challenges, solutions

As the energy industry continues to evolve, electric cooperatives are ensuring their members are kept up to date on major topics that are currently affecting — or could, in the future — their particular region. One of the ways cooperatives are engaging their membership on current trends and topics is by hosting events that gather …

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Modern technology reduces load control disruptions

Homeowners, farmers and commercial/industrial businesses experienced fewer interruptions this spring to the appliances they have enrolled in their cooperative’s demand response programs thanks to grid modernization tools implemented by Great River Energy. Through the dual fuel load control program, cooperative members can sign up to have their heating systems fueled by a secondary system — …

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Grid optimization project kicks off with drone installation event

Approximately 20 people gathered Tuesday, April 30, near a substation in Maple Grove, Minnesota, to watch the first drone installation in the United States of a Heimdall “Neuron.” These dynamic transmission line rating sensors collect real-time information about the line and its environment with the goal of increasing capacity, or the amount of electricity that …

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Member voices heard at annual meetings

Electric cooperatives are connected to their members by more than just the lines that power their homes and businesses. This connection is demonstrated through what is known as the “cooperative difference”— the tangible and intangible ways the cooperative business model benefits members and their communities. Electric cooperatives are member-driven organizations guided by several principles that …

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Clinics offer a local Twins experience for youth

Youth across the state will get firsthand experience learning the fundamentals of baseball and softball right in their own neighborhoods this summer through a partnership between Great River Energy, the Minnesota Twins and the Twins Community Fund. Created in 1961 by longtime Twins scout Angelo Giuliana, the Play Ball! Minnesota youth clinics offer an opportunity …

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Award honors nonprofit’s commitment to community

United Way of McLeod County was named the winner of this year’s Minnesota Touchstone Energy Community Award, which was recently presented as part of Minnesota Rural Electric Association’s (MREA) annual meeting. The organization was nominated by McLeod Cooperative Power, one of Great River Energy’s 27 member-owners, as part of an award program that honors local …

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Honoring those who light up our communities

National Lineworker Appreciation Day recognizes the essential workers who maintain the electric grid You probably don’t think about them until your power goes out, but electric lineworkers protect homes and communities 24 hours a day. Like other first responders who keep people safe, lineworkers endure all kinds of weather and challenging conditions. Great River Energy …

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