Category Archives: Renewable energy

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 […]

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), […]

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 […]

Clean and competitive co-ops

Great River Energy has reduced its system-wide carbon dioxide emissions by 38 percent since 2005. These reductions have been achieved voluntarily while providing economic benefits to members. They are the result of prudent investments in renewables, reducing dependence on coal and improving the diversity and competitiveness of Great River Energy’s resource portfolio. Cooperative self-governance has […]

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 […]

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 […]