Category Archives: Member-owner cooperatives

Construction underway on Faribault air separation plant

Construction is underway in Faribault, Minnesota, on an independently owned and operated air separation plant that will be powered by reliable electric service from Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric (SWCE), one of Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives. Absolute Air—a consortium of five independent gas and welding supply distributors along with the Independent Welding Distributors Cooperative—will bring […]

Shipping container to grow leafy greens year-round arrives

An insulated shipping container outfitted with a complete hydroponic growing system that will provide numerous Minnesotans with fresh, leafy greens year-round recently reached its destination. Central Lakes College’s (CLC) Ag and Energy Center in Staples is the new home of ‘Sota Grown, a collaborative indoor agriculture project between Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative (TWEC), Lakewood Health System […]

Wright-Hennepin makes equity investment in ZEF Energy

As part of a broader set of initiatives designed to promote the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association (WH) — one of Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives — has made an equity investment in ZEF Energy. Along with the investment, WH will also have a seat on ZEF Energy’s board of […]

East Central Energy celebrates new solar array

A new 2-megawatt solar array built for East Central Energy (ECE) members demonstrates the cooperative’s commitment to renewable energy. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last month at the array’s 15-acre site in Cambridge, Minnesota. ECE staff and directors welcomed Cambridge city officials, members of the North 65 Chamber of Commerce, representatives from Great River Energy […]

Member Moment: Federated Rural 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. Federated Rural Electric Association serves the heavily agricultural Jackson and Martin counties with an electric system that employs advanced technology and innovative staff. The Jackson, Minnesota-based co-op serves some of the top pork […]

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 […]