Category Archives: Cooperatives

Members receiving energy from new wind farm

The electricity serving cooperative members just got a little greener as another wind energy project has been added to the mix. The Emmons-Logan wind farm located in south central North Dakota began producing electricity in late December, becoming the largest renewable resource serving Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives. The 200-megawatt project will provide carbon-free electricity […]

Volunteers pack gifts for troops

More than two dozen volunteers from Maple Grove Beyond the Yellow Ribbon and Great River Energy packed up dozens of care packages for military personnel overseas before the holidays. The gifts include personal hygiene items and magazines to candy and cookies, all donated by members of the community. Great River Energy was named Minnesota’s 57th […]

Extreme weather highlights importance of reliable electricity

On a normal day, having reliable electricity means you can charge your phone, watch TV and cook dinner. During extreme cold weather, however, reliable electricity means so much more. Electricity is essential for almost any home heating, whether through all-electric heating systems or for powering the components of a furnace. The importance of electricity was […]

New site chosen for Elk River peregrine falcons

With decommissioning of the Elk River Energy Recovery Station underway, many are wondering what will happen with the nesting peregrine falcons who have long made the plant their home. What started as an Eagle Scout project with the Raptor Resource Project in 2006 grew to see 38 young peregrine falcons fledge from the Elk River […]

Employees offer emergency assistance

Employees who are trained and equipped on life saving skills are essential. As a cooperative that serves much of rural Minnesota, Great River Energy employees are strategically located to ensure fast restoration of power and can assist in emergency situations, if called upon. Two employees went above and beyond in separate emergency situations and were […]

Construction underway on Faribault air separation plant

Construction is underway in Faribault, Minnesota, on an independently owned and operated air separation plant that will be powered by reliable electric service from Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric (SWCE), one of Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives. Absolute Air—a consortium of five independent gas and welding supply distributors along with the Independent Welding Distributors Cooperative—will bring […]

Shipping container to grow leafy greens year-round arrives

An insulated shipping container outfitted with a complete hydroponic growing system that will provide numerous Minnesotans with fresh, leafy greens year-round recently reached its destination. Central Lakes College’s (CLC) Ag and Energy Center in Staples is the new home of ‘Sota Grown, a collaborative indoor agriculture project between Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative (TWEC), Lakewood Health System […]

Coming soon: An electric co-op in Maji, Ethiopia

The same co-ops that brought electricity to the American countryside are helping start member-owned utilities in developing countries The first steps of forming a new electric cooperative have begun. This time, in Maji, a small town in Southwestern Ethiopia with 700 families. Surrounding the town are 22 kebeles, or small farming communities where about 4,800 […]

Celebrating 10 years of Keystone membership

Great River Energy is a corporate citizen that believes in supporting the communities it serves — even beyond its business purpose — and is celebrating 10 years of membership in a group that both recognizes the co-op’s giving efforts and encourages other businesses to do the same. Great River Energy is a member of the […]

Member Moment: Federated Rural 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. Federated Rural Electric Association serves the heavily agricultural Jackson and Martin counties with an electric system that employs advanced technology and innovative staff. The Jackson, Minnesota-based co-op serves some of the top pork […]