Category Archives: Energy efficiency

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 […]

Co-ops roll out new farm energy management program

Agricultural producers are the focus of a new energy audit program that is now available to members of Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives. Qualified participants will receive one-on-one assistance in identifying and prioritizing energy efficiency opportunities to ultimately come away from the experience with an energy management plan to implement. “We understand that each […]

Reaching members at the fair

Great River Energy continued its presence at the Great Minnesota Get-Together this year with a sponsorship of the Milk Run 5k event and by promoting its battery electric school bus pilot program at the Eco Experience building and in parades around the fairgrounds. The Minnesota State Fair brings people from around the state together in […]

Air source heat pumps provide the best of both worlds

Members seeking to more efficiently heat and cool their home are finding a smarter solution: air source heat pumps (ASHPs). Able to deliver hyper-efficient home heating and air conditioning, ASHPs help members realize savings in energy consumption as well as cost. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, an ASHP can reduce electricity use associated […]

Demand response advances, opening new opportunities

Utilities have long understood that they can use the electric system efficiently and economically by reducing demand at certain times. Great River Energy is a leader in this discipline, known as demand response. “Through the efforts of our retail member distribution cooperatives we have tens of thousands of members that allow Great River Energy to […]

Co-ops meet conservation goals despite challenges

Throughout the last decade, Great River Energy and many of its member cooperatives have successfully achieved meeting the annual energy savings goals and conservation spending requirements established by the Minnesota Legislature. Beyond the 700 million kilowatt-hours in energy savings at the distribution cooperative level since 2010, Great River Energy has realized significant savings at its […]