Category Archives: Power generation resources

New sign reflects energy park focus

A power plant that was designed to produce a single product – electricity – is now the center of an efficient energy hub. A sign that formerly indicated the entrance to Coal Creek Station – Great River Energy’s largest power plant – now reads “Coal Creek Energy Park.” The change reflects a new energy park […]

Falkirk Mine replaces conveyor damaged by storm

Falkirk Mine, which supplies Great River Energy’s Coal Creek and Spiritwood stations with lignite coal, recently replaced a conveyor that was damaged during a June 2018 storm. The replacement of the conveyor was completed mid-December and the system was fully operational by the end of 2018. Coal deliveries to Coal Creek Station via the conveyor […]

Renewables provide environmental, economic benefits

A foundation of round-the-clock energy sources and strategic additions of wind energy and hydropower have Great River Energy on track for 50 percent renewables by 2030. Great River Energy’s portfolio of generation resources has evolved over time, reflecting changes in the markets as well as Great River Energy and its member-owner cooperatives’ continued push to […]

Elk River Resource Recovery Project to be retired

After several months attempting to sell the Elk River Resource Recovery Project to area counties and private investors, Great River Energy anticipates it will close the waste-to-energy project by March 15, 2019. The Elk River Resource Recovery Project consists of: the Elk River Resource Processing Plant, which processes municipal solid waste into fuel; the Elk […]

Connexus Energy celebrates innovative solar-plus-storage project

Connexus Energy encouraged members, partners, stakeholders and others to “celebrate the sun” at an event held as an opportunity for people to see one of the cooperative’s innovative solar-plus-storage projects up close. The cooperative – headquartered in Ramsey, Minn. – has one project located in Ramsey and another in Athens Township. Together, these are believed […]

Integrated resource plan accepted by PUC

Great River Energy’s plans for its generation portfolio gained important support on Oct. 25 when the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) accepted its integrated resource plan. The April 28, 2017, filing detailed Great River Energy’s plans to reliably and cost-effectively meet its member-owner cooperatives’ energy needs for the next 15 years. By accepting the plan, […]

Stanton Station safely imploded

After more than a year spent dismantling, recycling and disposing of equipment and materials at Stanton Station, the structure of the retired power plant was imploded on Oct. 11. “This was a solemn, historic event for Great River Energy,” said Great River Energy Vice President and Chief Generation Officer Rick Lancaster. “For more than 50 years, […]

Stanton Station safely imploded

After more than a year spent dismantling, recycling and disposing of equipment and materials at Stanton Station, the structure of the retired power plant was imploded today. “This was a solemn, historic event for Great River Energy,” said Great River Energy Vice President and Chief Generation Officer Rick Lancaster. “For more than 50 years, hundreds of […]