Category Archives: Member-owner cooperatives

Member Moment: South Central Electric Association

“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 month’s featured member-owner cooperative served an entirely rural area with no towns, stores or even a gas station until 2015. That year, South Central Electric Association (SCE) gained nine small communities when […]

Runestone names Haman CEO

The Runestone Electric Association (REA) board of directors recently named Al Haman as chief executive officer. Haman has served as interim CEO of the Alexandria, Minnesota-based electric cooperative since March. In addition to his new position, he will continue to oversee operations and engineering, a role he has performed since 2008. “The board is delighted […]

Co-ops get $3.1B in USDA loans to improve systems

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently approved $3.1 billion in rural infrastructure loans for 45 electric cooperatives — two of which are Great River Energy member-owner cooperatives — that will improve service to more than 1.4 million homes and businesses. The Rural Utilities Service loans and loan guarantees will go to projects in 25 […]

Member Moment: North Itasca 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. North Itasca Electric Cooperative may be small in terms of the number of member-consumers it serves, but is mighty in its ability to provide reliable, affordable electric service to its unique membership. North […]

Connexus Energy breaks ground on new solar project

Connexus Energy, one of Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives, recently held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction on its 3-megawatt solar project in Baldwin Township, Minnesota. Those involved with the building and permitting of Sunflower I – Baldwin Renewable Station, attended the ceremony, including representatives from Connexus Energy, Baldwin Township, City […]

ECE first to receive pollinator certificate

One of Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives was recently named the first electric cooperative—and the first applicant from the energy sector—to receive a Certificate of Inclusion into the monarch butterfly Candidate Conservation Agreement with the Assurances (CCAA). The CCAA program encourages transportation and energy partners to get involved in monarch conservation by providing and […]

Board welcomes new director

Great River Energy recently welcomed a new director to its board with the arrival of Scott Veitenheimer. Veitenheimer also sits on board of directors of Great River Energy member-owner Cooperative Light & Power (CLP). He currently serves as treasurer of the Two Harbors-based electric co-op. He joins the Great River Energy board following the departure […]

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 […]