Category Archives: Cooperatives

Great River Energy: A community partner

As a cooperative, Great River Energy is deeply committed to sustainability through solid environmental policies and practices and helping to build strong communities. In a year marked by the COVID-19 pandemic and civil unrest, Great River Energy continued to provide its member-owner cooperatives with reliable, affordable electricity in an environmentally responsible manner. This is the […]

Facility recognized for wastewater management

Part of Great River Energy’s commitment to providing reliable, affordable electricity to its member-owner cooperatives is an ongoing responsibility to minimize the environmental impact of its operations. The co-op demonstrates its dedication to environmental stewardship by the inclusion of sustainability in its mission statement, a commitment to incorporating renewable energy into its power supply portfolio […]

Watch young falcons on birdcam

Great River Energy hosts a pair of peregrine falcons each spring and summer. The long-term peregrine falcon residents returned to the Elk River, Minnesota, nest box earlier this spring. Brooklyn, the male, returned for a seventh year and Breezy, the female, returned for a fourth year. The pair produced four eggs in late March. The […]

Energy efficient technologies help mitigate COVID-19, flu aerosols

A new program offered by Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives uses energy efficiency to address the health and safety of people while they spend time indoors. The Healthy Buildings program was created primarily in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as concerns heightened around indoor air quality in relation to the spread of infectious aerosols. However, […]

Kandiyohi Power Cooperative names Nelson new CEO

The Kandiyohi Power Cooperative (KPC) board of directors recently appointed Ryan Nelson as the co-op’s new chief executive officer, effective April 16. Nelson, who previously held the positions of acting general manager and manager of engineering and operations, brings 18 years of industry experience to his new role. “During this time of transformation, Ryan is […]

$25 million to members: Great River Energy returns patronage capital

Electric cooperatives aren’t like other utilities. The members are not only customers, they own a portion of the business. Great River Energy is owned by 28 distribution cooperatives. Cooperatives operate at cost, only collecting enough revenue to run the business. When there’s excess revenue collected, it’s returned to members through patronage capital payments. That’s what […]

Falcons return: Egg watch is on!

Great River Energy’s long-term peregrine falcon residents have returned to the Elk River, Minnesota, nest box. Brooklyn, the male, has returned for a seventh year and Breezy, the female, has returned for a fourth year. The pair produced four eggs between March 23 and March 29. The eggs are expected to hatch the week of […]

Line technicians power co-op communities

Line technicians play an important role in the local communities served by Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives by bringing the power back on in the dead of night and cold of winter. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association dedicates the second Monday in April as a time to thank and recognize line technicians and […]

Transmission utility partnership builds under Grid North Partners

The CapX2020 partners announced March 9 they are evolving, moving into the future under a new name: Grid North Partners. Great River Energy was a co-founder of the transmission partnership CapX2020, a group of 10 utilities formed in 2004 to upgrade and expand the transmission system in the Upper Midwest. The CapX2020 partners successfully built […]