Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Energy market benefits members

The electricity that toasts your breakfast and cools your milk could be produced at a wind turbine in Minnesota, a power plant in North Dakota or a hydroelectric dam in Manitoba. And, over the course of a day, you might receive electricity from all three. Great River Energy is a member of the Midcontinent Independent […]

System operations kicks off Super Bowl preparations

As many Minnesotans prepare for Super Bowl 52, the state’s electric co-ops are also doing their part. “We’re halting unnecessary maintenance work at our transmission facilities surrounding the metro area,” said Dick Pursley, manager, system operations. “We’re also working with our member cooperatives to ensure reliable service as many of them will have Super Bowl […]

Coal ash recycling rates hit record high

Coal ash recycling across the United States has reached a record high according to the American Coal Ash Association (ACAA). Out of the 107.4 million tons of coal combustion products (CCPs) created, 60.2 million tons were recycled – 56 percent. For the last several years, Great River Energy’s Coal Creek Station power plant has recycled […]

Grant awarded to determine greenhouse feasibility

The North Dakota Ag Products Utilization Commission (APUC) recently awarded Great River Energy and North American Coal (NAC) a $75,000 grant to assist with determining the feasibility of co-locating a commercial greenhouse at Coal Creek Energy Park. “The availability of excess heat and carbon dioxide at a common location presents a unique opportunity for a […]

Utility industry remains an economic force

Powering America cites the utility industry as the most capital-intensive economic sector, investing more than $100 billion a year on the nation’s electricity infrastructure with advances in technology, environmental protections and other improvements. And that’s in addition to money spent on regular operations and maintenance. All that adds up to supporting more than 7 million […]

High-energy jobs

Cutting-edge careers at electric co-ops power the economy “Electricity is the backbone of our economy and is crucial to our national security,” concluded a recent report by M.J. Bradley and Associates, LLC, titled Powering America: The Economic Workforce Contributions of the U.S. Electric Power Industry. According to the report, “Our high-tech society demands electricity to […]

Cooperatives: Communities at their very best

Great River Energy is joining 30,000 cooperatives nationwide in October to celebrate National Co-op Month, which recognizes the many ways cooperatives are committed to strengthening the local communities they serve. Electric cooperatives have been a part of the fabric of Minnesota for more than 80 years. Fourth- and fifth-generation members today enjoy the same benefits […]

Preparedness key for utilities to combat cyberattacks

Recently within the electric utility industry there have been a number of analogies made between cyberattacks and hurricanes. Utilities know they are both going to happen and know they cannot stop them. What they can do is prepare ahead of time to handle them and to recover quickly should they occur. These were the sentiments […]

Biorefinery meets strict emissions standard

Dakota Spirit AgEnergy was certified to sell ethanol into California’s low carbon fuel standard market Dakota Spirit AgEnergy (DSA) was recently certified to sell ethanol into the low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) market in California. DSA is a part of Midwest AgEnergy, a Great River Energy subsidiary. The value of selling into the LCFS market […]

A decade of Blue Flint Ethanol

In its 10 years of operation, Blue Flint Ethanol has produced 650 million gallons of ethanol, and it has done so by using thermal energy available at Great River Energy’s largest power plant. Located adjacent to Coal Creek Station in central North Dakota, Blue Flint Ethanol is the first co-located, directly integrated ethanol plant in […]