Category Archives: Power plants

Co-ops step up in the cold 

As parts of the United States struggled to maintain electric service during a historic cold snap, Minnesota’s cooperatives went to great lengths to ensure their members had the energy they needed.  Electricity is responsible for a long list of conveniences of modern life: a charged phone, hot coffee, air conditioning, television. But, when the temperature drops below zero, dependable energy is also a matter of safety.  Historic cold weather across the country in mid-February drove […]

Evolution of electric system offers new sources of reliability

As ever more renewable energy is added to the electric grid, utilities continue to preserve one of electricity’s most important qualities: reliability. Large conventional power plants that have shut down in recent years are often replaced with new generators, such as wind turbines and solar panels, that can produce electricity at a lower cost. But […]

Elk River skyline changing as plant structures come down

The Elk River Energy Recovery Station was shut down March 15, 2019, following years of economic challenges. Great River Energy is decommissioning and demolishing the plant in a responsible manner that will safeguard the local environment while also assuring the safety and security of employees and the local community. Crews have spent much of the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Coal Creek Station, Falkirk Mine host career and leadership day

The junior and senior classes from Underwood High School and Turtle Lake-Mercer High School recently participated in a career and leadership day hosted by Coal Creek Station and Falkirk Mine. At Coal Creek Station, students were taken through a series of stops where they learned about various jobs and responsibilities, and participated in several hands-on […]