Category Archives: Power plants

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Great River Energy studies proposed EPA emissions rules

Great River Energy has a team of employees studying the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule regarding emissions from existing electricity generating units, and is analyzing its impact on its power plants. The EPA’s proposed Affordable Clean Energy rule would replace the Clean Power Plan and set guidelines for states to curb emissions through […]

Great River Energy studies proposed EPA emissions rules

Great River Energy is studying the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule regarding emissions from existing electricity generating units, and is analyzing its impact on our power plants. After that analysis is complete, we will likely submit comments to the EPA on the proposed rule. If the rule is finalized, Great River Energy will participate […]

Storm causes significant damage to conveyor at Falkirk Mine

The fuel supply at Great River Energy’s largest power plant was interrupted after a severe thunderstorm with straight-line winds rolled through McLean County in North Dakota on June 29. The storm caused significant damage at Falkirk Mine which supplies coal to the plant. The most significant damage occurred when the conveyor from the second crusher to […]