Category Archives: Cooperatives

Co-ops cooperate on cybersecurity

Electric cooperatives share cybersecurity information with each other and industry partners as they work collaboratively to protect and secure the grid from cyberattacks. October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a collaborative effort between the Department of Homeland Security and various industries—including electric cooperatives—to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and ensure all Americans have […]

Celebrate the co-op difference

It seems to be a recent fad for every type of food to have its own day of celebration—National Cheesecake Day, National Spaghetti Day—or even an entire month (looking at you, pizza), but Co-op Month has been nationally recognized since October 1964. The celebration’s roots trace back even further to 1948, when Minnesota was the […]

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

National Cooperative Bank recently released its annual NCB Co-op 100®, listing the nation’s top 100 revenue-earning cooperative businesses, of which Great River Energy ranked No. 55. “The theme for co-op month this year is ‘Co-ops: By the Community, For the Community,’” said Charles E. Snyder, president and CEO of NCB. “Cooperatives are unique because they […]

Why co-ops work

It all starts with a vote. When you become a cooperative member, you receive the right to vote for the fellow members you want to serve as stewards of the cooperative. Those elected directors hire the general manager (or CEO) to lead the organization and make sure the cooperative is delivering the service the membership […]

Co-ops weigh in at Senate clean energy panel

Eric Olsen, Great River Energy’s vice president and general counsel, was invited to Capitol Hill by the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis to participate in a meeting with other electric utility leaders to discuss the challenges they face in transitioning toward cleaner energy resources. The meeting, chaired by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), […]

Week of Service brings employees, communities together

Employees proudly represented Great River Energy at several nonprofit organizations June 17-20 as part of the cooperative’s third-annual Week of Service. The volunteer event had employees rolling up their sleeves and lending a hand in Minnesota and North Dakota communities. Volunteers in Minnesota cleaned the visitor center and weeded gardens at the historic Oliver Kelley […]

Clean and competitive co-ops

Great River Energy has reduced its system-wide carbon dioxide emissions by 38 percent since 2005. These reductions have been achieved voluntarily while providing economic benefits to members. They are the result of prudent investments in renewables, reducing dependence on coal and improving the diversity and competitiveness of Great River Energy’s resource portfolio. Cooperative self-governance has […]

2018: A historic financial year at Great River Energy

Great River Energy recently closed the books on arguably the most financially successful year in its history. Great River Energy’s initial margin calculation was $69.9 million, more than triple the budgeted margin of $23 million. In accordance with a board resolution passed late last year, excess margins above budget will be utilized and accounted for […]

20 years on, still united and cooperative

On Jan. 1, 1999, two generation and transmission cooperatives completed the long and arduous journey to become a bigger, stronger and more competitive organization. Cooperative Power and United Power Association merged to become Great River Energy. The new cooperative would provide energy from Iowa to Canada through its membership, which consisted of 29 member-owner cooperatives […]