Category Archives: Member-owner cooperatives

Member Moment: Redwood 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. Tucked away in the southwest portion of the state is Clements, Minnesota, home to approximately 115 residents and the headquarters location of Redwood Electric Cooperative (REC), one of Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner […]

Board seats new director

Great River Energy recently welcomed a new director to its board with the arrival of Greg Blaine. Blaine serves on the Stearns Electric Association Board of Directors. He joins the Great River Energy board following the departure of longtime director Mike Blenkush, who recently moved out of Stearns’ service area. A dairy farmer by trade, […]

Electric vehicles stop by Minnesota’s North Shore

Residents from around Duluth were able to check out several types of electric vehicles (EVs) during a special EV-focused event recently held there. Representatives from Great River Energy and several of its member-owner cooperatives—including Arrowhead Cooperative, Cooperative Light & Power, East Central Energy and Lake Country Power (LCP)—partnered to bring this opportunity to the North […]

Member Moment: Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative

“Member Moment” highlights one of Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives and how they uniquely demonstrate what it means to be a cooperative. In 1939, the newly formed Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative (MLEC) proudly served 300 people on a few miles of line. Throughout its 80 years of service, MLEC now serves over 13,000 members, of […]

Ribbon cut on new Lake Country Power service center

A new facility built in Cohasset, Minnesota, that will serve as a long-standing investment by Lake Country Power (LCP) in the community is now open. The Cohasset Service Center replaces a former, overcrowded building the electric cooperative owns in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The service center will not only help meet LCP’s mission to provide members […]

Meeker offers members broadband service

In the same way electric cooperatives turned the lights on for rural residents in the 1930s, they are now better connecting their communities to the world with broadband service. Meeker Cooperative Light and Power Association, headquartered in Lichtfield, Minnesota, is the latest Great River Energy member-owner cooperative to bring high-speed internet to its members. The […]

Member Moment: Goodhue County Cooperative 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. With more than 90 percent of its members owning homes and farmsteads, Goodhue County Cooperative Electric Association (GCCEA) understands the importance of serving the people in its communities. “We value all of our […]

Co-ops help bring America’s pastime to communities

More than 3,500 youth in 42 different Twins Territory communities participated in baseball and softball clinics for free this summer, courtesy of a partnership between the Minnesota Twins and Great River Energy. Play Ball! Minnesota youth clinics have since 1961 promoted baseball and softball to boys and girls ages 6-13 throughout the Upper Midwest. Knowledgeable […]

Dakota Electric dedicates sun-tracking solar facility

Dakota Electric Association (DEA) members are now receiving more electricity from the sun through a new 2-megawatt solar facility built specifically for the cooperative’s members. ENGIE, a multinational electric utility company, built and owns the solar facility on behalf of Great River Energy. Through a power purchase contract with GRE, DEA purchases all the solar […]