Category Archives: Power generation resources

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), […]

Boat ramp donated at site of retired power plant

Shortly after the closure of Great River Energy’s Stanton Station power plant in North Dakota, area residents had a question that they hoped held a positive answer: “What will happen to the boat ramp at Stanton Station?” Area residents had used the boat ramp for decades. It not only offers convenient access to the Missouri […]

Annual meeting details financial stability, progressive strategy

Great River Energy shares record of success and projects optimistic future for the cooperative and its membership Once a year, cooperatives open their doors to their members to share information, answer questions and hold elections. Great River Energy delivered on its cooperative promise to members during its annual meeting on June 5. “Great River Energy […]

Great River Energy to receive energy from Buffalo Ridge wind project

Agreement with subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources will add 109 megawatts of renewable capacity to the cooperative’s portfolio  Great River Energy recently signed a power purchase agreement with a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC for a new 109-megawatt (MW) wind project to be built in Lincoln County, Minn. Great River Energy will supply 22 […]

Great River Energy: Competitive rates and growing renewables

For 20 years, Great River Energy has provided electricity to 28 member-owner cooperatives while pursuing its mission to generate and transmit reliable and affordable electricity in harmony with a sustainable environment. Great River Energy receives electricity from power plants, wind farms, solar installations and hydroelectric facilities. It also operates and maintains thousands of miles of […]