Category Archives: Power generation resources

Long-duration battery project in the works

Wind farms produce electricity when it’s breezy. Solar panels generate energy during the day. Low-cost, long-duration storage has the potential to serve cooperative members when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining. A Great River Energy pilot project has the potential to solve the challenges posed by the variable nature of the most […]

Major power supply changes to reduce costs to member-owner cooperatives

Great River Energy plans to replace coal with low cost renewables and market energy purchases Great River Energy announced plans today to transform its portfolio of power supply resources in the coming years, significantly reducing member-owner wholesale power costs. The electric cooperative plans to phase out remaining coal resources, add significant renewable energy and explore […]

Effective planning, aggressive steps make pandemic response a success

Extraordinary times and extraordinary measures – these are the kinds of scenarios that people who manage risk for electric cooperatives think long and hard about year in and year out, even when things are going smoothly. This kind of thinking is what prepared Great River Energy to continue reliable service when the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic […]

Fourth solar project producing power for Dakota Electric members

Dakota Electric Association members are receiving more electricity from the sun through a new 3-megawatt solar facility built specifically for the cooperative’s members. The 15-acre solar site, south of Farmington, Minnesota, is expected to have a 25-year life and will produce enough electricity to power about 600 average homes. The 10,368 panels will produce more […]

Market aids in supplying reliable, affordable electricity

Where does the electricity that serves Minnesota come from? If you’re a co-op member, it’s an ever changing and growing mix of reliable and cost-competitive energy produced by wind turbines, power plants, and hydroelectric dams across a 15-state market region. Access to reliable and cost-competitive electricity is made possible through Great River Energy’s participation in […]

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 […]