Category Archives: Cooperatives

Great River Energy analyzes future of unique transmission system

The announcement that Great River Energy will close the Coal Creek Station power plant in the last half of 2022 led to in-depth analysis of how the cooperative’s high-voltage, direct-current (HVDC) transmission system will be used after the plant closes. The HVDC system, which is made up of a 436-mile transmission line and two converter […]

Plans coming together for employees returning to the workplace

Great River Energy’s employees have successfully served its 28 member-owner cooperatives throughout the pandemic. Nearly half of the cooperative’s employees have continued reporting to their work locations to ensure reliable electricity keeps flowing to member-owners, while the other half have worked remotely since March 12 as a result of the coronavirus. “Great River Energy is […]

Guarding the future: Aubright adjusts amid COVID-19 pandemic

After ending 2019 strong, Aubright hit the ground running at the start of this year. The St. Cloud-based company, which is served by Great River Energy member-owner cooperative Stearns Electric Association, anticipated another successful year and planned to leverage its growth from 2019. In early January, however, the world began hearing reports about a novel […]

Member Moment: Brown County Rural Electrical Association

Better together: When cooperatives work together, they can accomplish great things. Throughout its history, Brown County Rural Electrical Association (Brown County REA) has served its members by forming unique partnerships among other cooperatives to accomplish what one cooperative simply could not. Employees at Brown County REA have worked with other cooperatives to meet their members’ […]

Homes for bees, butterflies create sustainable habitats

National Pollinator Week, recognized from June 22-26, celebrates the humble bees, butterflies, bats and other bugs that pollinate and support more than 70% of the world’s crops. Great River Energy and other electric cooperatives are among the many organizations that have played a role in re-establishing native habitat for these important species. Great River Energy […]

Great River Energy to be conservative in returning to normal work arrangements

As government officials at the state and federal levels begin to lift restrictions and turn their attention to re-opening businesses, Great River Energy and electric utilities everywhere are beginning to discuss how they will approach returning to more normal business operations. Since March 12, all Great River Energy employees who can reasonably work from home […]

Member Moment: BENCO Electric Cooperative

“Member Moment” highlights one of Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives and how it uniquely demonstrates what it means to be a cooperative. When cooperatives work together, great things can happen. BENCO Electric Cooperative (BENCO), which has served southern Minnesota residents with reliable, affordable electric service since 1935, regularly demonstrates the “cooperation among cooperatives” guiding principle […]

Effective planning, aggressive steps make pandemic response a success

Extraordinary times and extraordinary measures – these are the kinds of scenarios that people who manage risk for electric cooperatives think long and hard about year in and year out, even when things are going smoothly. This kind of thinking is what prepared Great River Energy to continue reliable service when the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic […]

Annual report details co-op’s performance

Every year, Great River Energy provides member-owners and other stakeholders a detailed report of the prior year’s financial and operational results. Great River Energy’s 2019 Annual Report includes company performance and outlines company leaders’ expectations for the future. The Great River Energy 2019 Annual Report is available here.