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Cooperatives bring EVs to Greater Minnesota

A coalition of electric cooperatives worked together to hold the first annual Southwest MN Electric Vehicle (EV) event where rural residents were able to get a firsthand look at — and even test drive — several EV models. The event, held Aug. 10 at the Windom Community Center, also helped raise awareness of the many …

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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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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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Governor recognizes member-owners for commitment to safety, health

Several of Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives were recently recognized for excellence in workplace safety and health during the 2022 Minnesota Safety and Health Conference. The cooperatives are among 191 employers to be honored through the award program, which is coordinated by the Minnesota Safety Council. “During a time that has challenged all of us …

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Electric system resilient during last week’s sweltering heat

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

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Road trip fan uses YouTube channel to document EV travels, debunk common myths

Brian Riebe once believed owning an electric vehicle (EV) was a pipe dream. Now, he’s driving his Tesla Model Y on cross-country trips while sharing his experience along the way to show the average person it’s a real possibility for them, too. As recently as four years ago, Riebe — a 45-year-old freelance video editor, …

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Employees volunteer time to create a family’s future home

Approximately 45 Great River Energy employees rolled up their sleeves to support the Habitat for Humanity organization for five days this month. The Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is committed to building quality of life, health and economic prosperity of the seven-county metro region by producing, preserving and advocating for affordable homeownership. The organization’s mission …

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Great River Energy advocates for cooperatives with new power lines on the horizon

The region’s grid operator is soon expected to approve the first phase of high-voltage power line projects in its multi-phase Long-Range Transmission Plan. The Midcontinent Independent System Operator’s (MISO) plan calls for $10 billion and more in transmission investment across the 15-state region in the next decade, including several projects in Minnesota. The addition of …

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