Category Archives: Grid modernization

Evolution of electric system offers new sources of reliability

As ever more renewable energy is added to the electric grid, utilities continue to preserve one of electricity’s most important qualities: reliability. Large conventional power plants that have shut down in recent years are often replaced with new generators, such as wind turbines and solar panels, that can produce electricity at a lower cost. But […]

Connexus Energy uses data to boost reliability

 Nearly all Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives have either installed advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) or have a plan to do so. For those who have completed their installations, the focus now turns to getting the most out of the data their new systems provide. “AMI implementation was a significant financial investment,” said Alex Skelton, data […]

Jones recognized as finalist for ORBIE CIO of the Year

Great River Energy’s Vice President and Chief Information Officer Jim Jones was recognized Sept. 18 as a finalist in the Twin Cities CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards. Judges rank finalists on innovation, leadership, business value creation and community involvement. Awards are presented each year in six different categories of organizations: global, enterprise, large enterprise, […]

Long-duration battery project in the works

Wind farms produce electricity when it’s breezy. Solar panels generate energy during the day. Low-cost, long-duration storage has the potential to serve cooperative members when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining. A Great River Energy pilot project has the potential to solve the challenges posed by the variable nature of the most […]

CapX2020 report outlines transmission grid challenges

Great River Energy and the nine other utilities that make up the CapX2020 organization convened last August to discuss a study that would examine how the changing generation resource mix will impact transmission system operations and reliability. After months of collaboration and analysis, they recently issued the CapX2050 Transmission Vision Report. The report identifies the […]

Could a planned blackout happen here?

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) made strategic and unprecedented decisions last month to temporarily shut off power to large swaths of its California customers to avoid a potential wildfire disaster due to high wind conditions. Schools closed, people scrambled to purchase supplies, patients in need of medical care were forced to evacuate, homes went […]

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 […]

Kandiyohi Power using new technology to balance grid

Kandiyohi Power Cooperative (KPC) is seeing the benefits of today’s sophisticated technology since it finished integrating its load management system with Great River Energy’s new demand response management system (DRMS) this spring. Load management is the process of balancing the supply and demand of electricity on the electric system by adjusting or controlling electric loads, […]

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), […]