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New year brings new wind resources

Great River Energy begins 2023 by adding two new wind agreements to its growing portfolio of renewable resources. The new year brought two new energy resources to Great River Energy’s power supply portfolio. The projects will collectively add more than 300 megawatts (MW) of nameplate generating capacity — and zero emissions. “Adding cost-effective wind resources …

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Public invited to learn about Northland Reliability power line project, offer feedback at open houses

Minnesota Power and Great River Energy will host a series of open houses in late January and early February where members of the public can learn more about the companies’ joint Northland Reliability Project. Minnesota Power, a utility division of ALLETE Inc. (NYSE: ALE), and Great River Energy, a wholesale electric power cooperative, plan to …

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New pollinator habitat adds more acres to co-op’s portfolio

Minnesota Native Landscapes recently planted Great River Energy’s latest pollinator habitat at the Lakefield Junction Station power plant in Trimont, Minnesota. Approximately 11 acres of land was planted with a mix of butterfly milkweed, black-eyed Susans, little bluestems and other pollinator-friendly species in late October. This space will provide a habitat for pollinators such as …

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Minnesota Power and Great River Energy to build transmission line to bolster electric reliability in northern Minnesota

Minnesota Power, a utility division of ALLETE Inc. (NYSE: ALE), and Great River Energy today announced their intent to build an approximately 150-mile, double-circuit 345-kV transmission line from northern Minnesota to central Minnesota near Becker that will support grid reliability in the Upper Midwest. The transmission line will run from Minnesota Power’s Iron Range Substation …

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Great River Energy announces next pollinator habitat project

Great River Energy and other electric cooperatives are among the many organizations focusing on the plight of bumble bees, butterflies and the many other bugs that pollinate more than 70% of the world’s crops. In celebration of National Pollinator Week, June 20-26, Great River Energy is proud to announce its next pollinator habitat project. “Later …

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Low-carbon future comes into focus

If you were to start an electric company from scratch, what would it look like? Great River Energy President and Chief Executive Officer David Saggau has described his vision for the ideal power provider for Minnesota’s cooperative members. “You would start with a portfolio of renewable energy resources at locations throughout the Midwest,” Saggau said. …

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‘Sota Grown earns recognition for rural vitality

A collaborative project between electric cooperatives and organizations with a vested interest in the success of rural communities was recently recognized by the Environmental Initiative during its 2022 award season. ‘Sota Grown, a two-year demonstration project to sustainably grow leafy greens year-round for Minnesota residents using a hydroponic growing system inside a shipping container, was selected to …

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Energy forum engages rural Minnesota in clean energy conversation

From increased adoption of electric vehicles to navigating the ongoing transition to cleaner energy, Minnesota’s not-for-profit electric cooperatives offer innovative energy programs to member-owners. In a time of remarkable industry change, Lake Region Electric Cooperative (LREC) — one of Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives — hosted an open forum for its member-owners last month. Electric cooperatives across …

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Peregrine falcons return to Elk River

Great River Energy’s long-term peregrine falcon residents returned in late February to the Elk River, Minnesota, nest box. Brooklyn, the male, returned for an eighth year and Breezy (pictured), the female, returned for a fifth year. With the help of an Eagle Scout and the Raptor Resource Project, Great River Energy first installed the nesting …

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Planning engineers anticipate more high-voltage power lines

Great River Energy, wholesale power provider to 28 member-owner distribution cooperatives in Minnesota, continuously studies the electric power grid to ensure the high-voltage power line system that delivers electricity to local cooperatives is always reliable, and ready to keep the power flowing and the lights on. “Great River Energy works very closely with our region’s …

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