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Internship program offers foot in the door to electric industry

A new crop of college students will hit the ground running this month at Great River Energy, bringing with them new ideas and a drive to gain real-world working experience, as the cooperative’s summer internship program kicks off. The program offers interns several months of well-rounded, firsthand experience working alongside utility industry professionals at Great …

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Patel elected to Midwest Reliability Organization board

Great River Energy Vice President and Chief Transmission Officer Priti Patel was elected in early November to the Midwest Reliability Organization (MRO) board of directors. The MRO recently asked for nominations from its industry sector members to fill seats on its board of directors. Patel will represent the cooperative sector. Her term will start Jan. …

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Cybersecurity program earns national acclaim

Information Security Program Manager Marc Child was recently recognized for his — and Great River Energy’s — efforts to promote a safe and secure electric system. Child was honored with the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center’s (E-ISAC) Electricity Security Service Award. The inaugural award was presented during GridSecCon, a North American Electric Reliability Corporation …

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Patel named 2021 Notable BIPOC Executive

Great River Energy’s Vice President and Chief Transmission Officer Priti Patel was recently named a Twin Cities Business 2021 Notable BIPOC Executive. The magazine featured notable BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) executives who have shown the ability to effect change, demonstrated a willingness to share expertise, and exhibited leadership in specific initiatives or programs …

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Good Neighbor Award: Employees assist at scene of semi rollover

Plant operators Preston Weisenburger and Jeremy Schmaltz were traveling to Great River Energy’s Spiritwood Station power plant at 4:30 a.m. on April 18 when they saw a semi had rolled into the ditch on North Dakota Highway 52. They were the first on the scene and responded quickly by calling 911. While Weisenburger was on …

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Innovative employee research earns awards

Four Great River Energy employees recently received awards for their achievements in applying Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) research to produce significant results. Presented annually, EPRI’s Technology Transfer Awards recognize industry leaders and innovators who help companies transform research into results and solutions that improve the efficiency of power plants, harden transmission and distribution equipment, …

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Employee ingenuity earns national recognition

Three Great River Energy employees recently received Technology Transfer Awards from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for their achievements in collaborative research and development projects. Presented annually, EPRI’s Technology Transfer Awards recognize industry leaders and innovators who help companies transform research into results and solutions that can improve the efficiency of power plants, harden …

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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 …

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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 …

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