Category Archives: Member-owner cooperatives

Member Moment: Nobles Cooperative Electric

“Member Moment” highlights one of Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives and how it uniquely demonstrates what it means to be a cooperative. Electric cooperatives were built to help serve rural communities. Serving a county with no stoplights or even railroads, Nobles Cooperative Electric (NCE) knows exactly what it means to serve its 6,300 rural members. […]

Member Moment: Lake Country Power

“Member Moment” highlights one of Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives and how it uniquely demonstrates what it means to be a cooperative. This member-owner cooperative makes do with what it has and stretches it as far as it will go. Lake Country Power (LCP) has the largest service area of any Minnesota electric cooperative and […]

Wright-Hennepin plants pollinator habitat

Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association (WH) recently seeded a native planting at its Rockford, Minnesota, headquarters. The planting is located on 1.25 acres of land in front of two WH solar communities. The property will soon provide habitat for pollinators such as birds, bees and butterflies. Minnesota Native Landscapes, based in Otsego, Minnesota, prepped the site […]

Co-ops help DataBank achieve renewable energy milestone

With the help of Dakota Electric Association and Great River Energy, a local data center is powered entirely by renewable energy. DataBank, a leading provider of enterprise-class colocation, connectivity and managed services, announced the milestone was achieved at MSP2, a data center located in Eagan, Minnesota. DataBank entered into an agreement with utility provider Dakota […]

East Central, McLeod appoint CEOs

The East Central Energy (ECE) board of directors has selected Justin Jahnz as the cooperative’s next president/CEO. Jahnz currently serves as ECE’s manager of energy services and strategic projects. He begins his new duties this month and fully transitions into his new role when current President/CEO Steve Shurts retires in August. Jahnz will be the […]

Member Moment: Agralite Electric Cooperative

“Member Moment” highlights one of Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives and how it uniquely demonstrates what it means to be a cooperative. It’s not often a cooperative can say its name describes exactly what it does and who it largely serves, but Agralite Electric Cooperative fits that bill. The Benson, Minnesota-based electric co-op held a […]

Guarding the future: Aubright adjusts amid COVID-19 pandemic

After ending 2019 strong, Aubright hit the ground running at the start of this year. The St. Cloud-based company, which is served by Great River Energy member-owner cooperative Stearns Electric Association, anticipated another successful year and planned to leverage its growth from 2019. In early January, however, the world began hearing reports about a novel […]

Member Moment: Brown County Rural Electrical Association

Better together: When cooperatives work together, they can accomplish great things. Throughout its history, Brown County Rural Electrical Association (Brown County REA) has served its members by forming unique partnerships among other cooperatives to accomplish what one cooperative simply could not. Employees at Brown County REA have worked with other cooperatives to meet their members’ […]

Bogart appointed to top job at Kandiyohi

Kandiyohi Power Cooperative, one of Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives, announced that its board of directors appointed Sonja Bogart as chief executive officer. Bogart has 25 years of experience in the energy industry. Most recently, Bogart served as the chief operating officer at Umatilla Electric Cooperative in eastern Oregon. She previously served as the […]

Member Moment: BENCO Electric Cooperative

“Member Moment” highlights one of Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives and how it uniquely demonstrates what it means to be a cooperative. When cooperatives work together, great things can happen. BENCO Electric Cooperative (BENCO), which has served southern Minnesota residents with reliable, affordable electric service since 1935, regularly demonstrates the “cooperation among cooperatives” guiding principle […]