Category Archives: Power generation resources

Members receiving energy from new wind farm

The electricity serving cooperative members just got a little greener as another wind energy project has been added to the mix. The Emmons-Logan wind farm located in south central North Dakota began producing electricity in late December, becoming the largest renewable resource serving Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives. The 200-megawatt project will provide carbon-free electricity […]

Extreme weather highlights importance of reliable electricity

On a normal day, having reliable electricity means you can charge your phone, watch TV and cook dinner. During extreme cold weather, however, reliable electricity means so much more. Electricity is essential for almost any home heating, whether through all-electric heating systems or for powering the components of a furnace. The importance of electricity was […]

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 […]

Responsible land management earns state award

The North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC) presented Great River Energy with a reclamation award for outstanding stewardship of the land during the decommissioning and demolition of the Stanton Station power plant. The PSC presented its 2019 North Dakota Award for Excellence in Surface Coal Mining and Reclamation to Great River Energy for “environmentally responsible […]

Coal Creek Station, Falkirk Mine host career and leadership day

High school sophomores and juniors took a hands-on approach to learning when they attended a career and leadership day at Great River Energy’s Coal Creek Station and the Falkirk Mine in North Dakota. Over 125 students were in attendance from Max, Turtle Lake-Mercer, Underwood, Washburn and Wilton high schools. During the daylong event, students participated […]

New ideas make a better co-op

Culture of business improvement spurs more than $315M in cost savings, revenue Located in the middle of North Dakota is Coal Creek Station, Great River Energy’s largest power plant. It depends on rail to receive supplies and send products to other locations. The railroad tracks were placed in a low-lying area, which works fine for […]

Elk River power plant to be decommissioned

Demolition planned for spring 2020 The power plant that has stood south of downtown Elk River for nearly 70 years has been taken out of service and will be demolished. “Great River Energy will conduct demolition activities in a responsible manner that will safeguard the local environment and assure the safety and security of our […]

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 […]

Area teachers learn about energy

More than 100 elementary and secondary teachers switched roles in this summer as they became the students at an educational seminar hosted by the Lignite Energy Council. The seminar, held from June 10-13 at the National Energy Center of Excellence on the Bismarck State College campus, included educators from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and […]

Co-ops weigh in at Senate clean energy panel

Eric Olsen, Great River Energy’s vice president and general counsel, was invited to Capitol Hill by the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis to participate in a meeting with other electric utility leaders to discuss the challenges they face in transitioning toward cleaner energy resources. The meeting, chaired by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), […]