Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Broadband project grants will expand high-speed service to rural areas

A round of grants announced at the start of the year by the state and Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) will help provide reliable, affordable high-speed internet to currently unserved or underserved rural areas of Minnesota, including in Great River Energy’s service territory. The additional $34 million in funding will leverage another $40 […]

Minn., N.D., legislatures convene in New Year

The recent elections will bring many new faces to St. Paul, Bismarck and Washington, and cooperatives will be paying close attention to how those changes affect energy policy. In Minnesota, Republicans slightly expanded their majority in the House, and the Senate flipped from a Democratic to Republican majority by the narrowest of margins. The already […]

Industry group discusses game changers

At the Great Plains Institute’s 20-year Energy Innovation Celebration in late September, Great River Energy Vice President and Chief Transmission Officer Will Kaul was a panelist during a discussion about game changers forcing transformation in the energy industry. The panel discussion focused on rapidly decreasing costs for solar energy and energy storage, improved range and […]

Security summit fosters cooperative collaboration

The increased connectivity provided by the internet has vastly changed the way we live our daily lives and the way we all do business. While most aspects of the internet are positive – like accomplishing things more quickly and efficiently, and having access from anywhere at any time – what we often forget to think […]

National Co-op Month celebrates member ownership

Being part of a cooperative means being part of something special. Great River Energy is celebrating National Cooperative Month in October, along with 40,000 other cooperative businesses serving more than 120 million people nationwide. “Great River Energy supports the seventh cooperative principle, concern for community,” said Jon Brekke, Great River Energy’s vice president and chief […]

Co-ops excel in core services

Members remain very satisfied with the overall performance of their local electric cooperatives, according to American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) data detailed in Touchstone Energy Cooperatives’ 2015-2016 National Survey on the Cooperative Difference. The study, conducted annually since 2004 by TSE Services, the electric cooperative branding program’s market research partner, identifies best practices for engaging […]

Always a good deal for members

Flip a switch and electricity is there. Plug in a phone overnight and it will be ready the entire next day. Electricity is convenient, sure, but is it a good value? Any way you look at it, the answer is yes. Over the past five years, electricity rates have increased an average of 1.5 percent […]

NRECA names former U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson new CEO

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) announced that former U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson has been selected to serve as NRECA’s sixth chief executive officer. Matheson will succeed Jo Ann Emerson, who was stricken by a severe illness in August of last year. He will join the association and assume his duties as CEO in […]

Midwest AgEnergy Group names Zueger CEO

A Midwest biofuels enterprise that produces renewable ethanol has named a longtime leader to the organization’s top spot. Midwest AgEnergy Group (MAG) has named Jeff Zueger as its chief executive officer. “I am excited to lead Midwest AgEnergy Group as their CEO. We have two excellent facilities and a fantastic team in place to enable […]