Category Archives: Member-owner cooperatives

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 […]

Lake Country Power receives Employer of Veterans Award

Lake Country Power (LCP) recently accepted the Employer of Veterans Award from The American Legion Department of Minnesota, which was presented to the cooperative during the Department Convention in Willmar, Minnesota. Derek Howe, chief operating officer at LCP, accepted the award on behalf of the co-op. Lt. Cmdr. Howe served as a P-3 Mission Commander […]

Member Moment: Kandiyohi Power 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. Leading-edge technology might not be top of mind when you think of the heart of rural Minnesota, but Kandiyohi Power Cooperative (KPC), one of Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives, is changing that […]

Co-ops launch one-stop shop for EV chargers

The easiest way to help consumers transition from traditional gasoline vehicles to an electric vehicle (EV) is by making the process as simple as possible. Great River Energy and its participating member-owner cooperatives are doing their part by creating a one-stop shop for member-consumers to purchase and install an EV charging station in their garage. […]