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E-bike boom: Co-ops dip into e-bike sales following tech’s boost in popularity

When considering the switch to electric transportation, it might be best to start thinking small. While electric vehicles (EVs) are receiving much of the attention, it’s actually the smallest forms of e-transportation, such as e-bikes, that are experiencing the largest surge of popularity. And what’s more, this popularity doesn’t seem to be limited to metro …

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LREC celebrates 85 years with a statue dedication

This year marks the 85th anniversary of local farmers and rural residents banding together to form Lake Region Electric Cooperative (LREC), one of Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives. This group of people brought electricity to the people and farms located in surrounding rural areas which improved — and forever changed — the quality of …

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Co-ops combat high temperatures, market prices during state’s ‘longest summer’

August came in hot — literally — for Minnesotans, and data collected from Great River Energy’s demand response programs this summer reflect the high temperatures and market prices. The month’s first week brought temperatures in the mid-90s with the National Weather Service Twin Cities recording the average daily high at 81.5 degrees Fahrenheit. In the …

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Co-op lineman earns MREA LIFEguard Award

Stearns Electric Association lineman Mike Siemers recently earned a LIFEguard Award through the Minnesota Rural Electric Association (MREA). MREA recognizes cooperative employees throughout the state who go above and beyond the expectations of keeping individuals safe through its LIFEguard program. Siemers, a journeylineman for Stearns Electric — one of Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives …

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Cooperative Light & Power names new CEO

The Cooperative Light & Power (CLP) board of directors recently announced Joel Janorschke as the electric cooperative’s new chief executive officer/general manager. “We were very fortunate to have three excellent candidates for the position,” said Board President Scott Veitenheimer. “The board unanimously agreed that Joel had the experience, knowledge and skills that would be the …

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Youth clinics see successful season

More than 3,400 young Minnesota Twins fans were able to learn the fundamentals of baseball and softball for free this past summer through a long-standing partnership between the Major League Baseball club and Great River Energy. Created in 1961 by Twins scout Angelo Guiliani, the Play Ball! Minnesota youth clinics serve as a way to …

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Membership approves customer arrangement with Connexus Energy

Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives today approved the agreements required for Connexus Energy to transition from member-owner to customer of Great River Energy. Great River Energy will continue to supply wholesale energy to Connexus Energy, and the new agreements will establish a contractual framework for Connexus Energy to secure more of its own power supply …

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Electric fleet vehicles present advantages for utilities

Great River Energy recently hosted an event that featured the state’s largest collection of electric utility fleet-specific vehicles to showcase how the technology is being applied to transportation options within the utility industry. Vehicles ranging from a cargo van to a mini excavator and even a hybrid bucket truck— all powered by electricity — were …

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Completed transmission project will meet new demand for members

The electric system in northern Minnesota is stronger today, thanks to a new Great River Energy transmission project near Bigfork. A ribbon-cutting event was recently held to celebrate the completion of a new 14-mile, 69-kilovolt transmission line Great River Energy constructed that connects the new North Itasca Electric Cooperative substation to the electric grid. The …

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Cooperatives bring EVs to Greater Minnesota

A coalition of electric cooperatives worked together to hold the first annual Southwest MN Electric Vehicle (EV) event where rural residents were able to get a firsthand look at — and even test drive — several EV models. The event, held Aug. 10 at the Windom Community Center, also helped raise awareness of the many …

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