Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Midwest grid prepared for summer

The organization that monitors the region’s electric grid projects there are adequate power reserves to meet demand for electricity this summer. The Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) expects summer demand to peak at 125 gigawatts (GW), with 152 GW of available capacity. The system’s summer peak demand forecast was reviewed during the recent Summer Readiness […]

Employee ingenuity earns national recognition

Three Great River Energy employees recently received Technology Transfer Awards from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for their achievements in collaborative research and development projects. Presented annually, EPRI’s Technology Transfer Awards recognize industry leaders and innovators who help companies transform research into results and solutions that can improve the efficiency of power plants, harden […]

Blue Flint celebrates 1 million hours of safety

Midwest AgEnergy announced employees at the Blue Flint biorefinery have surpassed 1 million hours of safely working without a lost-time accident. A lost-time accident is defined as time lost to an employee who is injured on the job and cannot return to the next regularly scheduled shift. The streak began April 13, 2007. To put […]

Midwest AgEnergy surpasses 1 billion gallons produced

Midwest AgEnergy – the parent company to ethanol biorefineries Blue Flint, near Underwood, N.D., and Dakota Spirit, near Spiritwood, N.D. – recently surpassed production of more than 1 billion gallons of ethanol produced company-wide. “Congratulations and thank you to our employees at Midwest AgEnergy,” said Jeff Zueger, CEO of Midwest AgEnergy. “We are proud of […]

Great River Energy, Hennepin County approve HERC contract extension

The Great River Energy board of directors approved a contract extension for a subsidiary to operate a prominent waste-to-energy facility owned by Hennepin County and located in Minneapolis. GRE HERC Services, LLC, will continue operating the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC) through Dec. 31, 2025. HERC is an important waste management facility in the Twin […]

The power in preparation

Preparation is the key to success in many things we do in life. Planning, practice and thoughtful assessment provide opportunities to work out potential problems in advance. September is National Preparedness Month, and the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency is encouraging all of us to prepare for emergencies. But most of us […]

Heartland economic outlook at four-year high

For the first time since 2015, a key measure of rural America’s economic health is above growth neutral for two consecutive months. Creighton University’s Rural Mainstreet Index stood at 54.7 in March, down just a tick from February’s 54.8 but above the 50.0 growth-neutral mark. It’s also a vast improvement from March 2017, when the […]