Category Archives: Cooperatives

Job No. 1

At the center of every job, project and task at Great River Energy is a commitment to keeping people safe This year has dramatically changed how Great River Energy conducts business. Some employees are working remotely, while others have incorporated social distancing and masks into their daily routines. They take these measures seriously because they […]

Wholesale rates to decline slightly in 2021

Strategic decisions to position its power supply portfolio and control costs have Great River Energy poised to begin 2021 in a strong financial position while reducing rates to member-owner cooperatives. Great River Energy’s average 2021 wholesale rate is projected to decrease 0.2% from the 2020 budgeted rate. The cooperative’s 2021 revenue requirement is budgeted to […]

Member Moment: South Central Electric Association

“Member Moment” highlights one of Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives and how it uniquely demonstrates what it means to be a cooperative. This month’s featured member-owner cooperative served an entirely rural area with no towns, stores or even a gas station until 2015. That year, South Central Electric Association (SCE) gained nine small communities when […]

Employee’s quick response to emergency saves a life

While attending his son’s youth football game, Electrical & Instrumentation Safety & Training Administrator Brad Steier noticed a man lying on the ground behind him. Rushing to his side, Steier and others assessed the man’s vitals, finding no pulse or no signs of breathing. Just like Steier practiced in training, the group assigned one person […]

Runestone names Haman CEO

The Runestone Electric Association (REA) board of directors recently named Al Haman as chief executive officer. Haman has served as interim CEO of the Alexandria, Minnesota-based electric cooperative since March. In addition to his new position, he will continue to oversee operations and engineering, a role he has performed since 2008. “The board is delighted […]

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

Great River Energy came in at No. 61 in National Cooperative Bank’s recently released NCB 100® listing of the nation’s top 100 revenue-earning cooperative businesses. Cooperatives exist in a cross-section of sectors including agriculture, grocery, hardware and lumber, finance, energy and communications, housing, and recreation. These co-ops provide over 2 million jobs and create more […]

Co-ops get $3.1B in USDA loans to improve systems

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently approved $3.1 billion in rural infrastructure loans for 45 electric cooperatives — two of which are Great River Energy member-owner cooperatives — that will improve service to more than 1.4 million homes and businesses. The Rural Utilities Service loans and loan guarantees will go to projects in 25 […]

By members, for members

Member-owned, nonprofit and democratically governed cooperatives are uniquely suited to serve suburban and rural communities as well as critical industries If you’ve ever traveled up north, visited a cabin or farm, gone camping or otherwise left town, there is a good chance you ventured into the parts of Minnesota served by electric cooperatives. “Co-ops tend […]

Member Moment: North Itasca 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. North Itasca Electric Cooperative may be small in terms of the number of member-consumers it serves, but is mighty in its ability to provide reliable, affordable electric service to its unique membership. North […]

Connexus Energy breaks ground on new solar project

Connexus Energy, one of Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives, recently held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction on its 3-megawatt solar project in Baldwin Township, Minnesota. Those involved with the building and permitting of Sunflower I – Baldwin Renewable Station, attended the ceremony, including representatives from Connexus Energy, Baldwin Township, City […]