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Low-carbon future comes into focus

If you were to start an electric company from scratch, what would it look like? Great River Energy President and Chief Executive Officer David Saggau has described his vision for the ideal power provider for Minnesota’s cooperative members. “You would start with a portfolio of renewable energy resources at locations throughout the Midwest,” Saggau said. …

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Powering electric vehicles with 100% wind energy

Great River Energy developed Revolt, a first-of-its-kind program that allows electric vehicle (EV) owners to further support the use of renewable energy. When a member claims their upgrade, Great River Energy dedicates wind energy to completely cover the electricity used to fuel an EV for the car’s lifetime. Launched in 2015 to accolades from other …

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Energy forum engages rural Minnesota in clean energy conversation

From increased adoption of electric vehicles to navigating the ongoing transition to cleaner energy, Minnesota’s not-for-profit electric cooperatives offer innovative energy programs to member-owners. In a time of remarkable industry change, Lake Region Electric Cooperative (LREC) — one of Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives — hosted an open forum for its member-owners last month. Electric cooperatives across …

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Survey results show member support for renewables

The power supply transition Great River Energy is currently undergoing has garnered support not only from its member-owner cooperatives but the member-consumers those co-ops serve as well, according to results of a recent survey. More than half (54%) of the 800 member-consumer respondents in the cooperative’s first survey since announcing its intention to sell or …

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Planning engineers anticipate more high-voltage power lines

Great River Energy, wholesale power provider to 28 member-owner distribution cooperatives in Minnesota, continuously studies the electric power grid to ensure the high-voltage power line system that delivers electricity to local cooperatives is always reliable, and ready to keep the power flowing and the lights on. “Great River Energy works very closely with our region’s …

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Great River Energy members reaffirm approval of sale of Coal Creek Station, HVDC transmission system; approve 400-MW Discovery Wind project

At a special Feb. 9 meeting, Great River Energy’s member cooperatives approved the updated agreement for the sale of Coal Creek Station and the high voltage direct current (HVDC) system to Rainbow Energy Center, LLC and Nexus Line, LLC, respectively. Great River Energy’s all-requirements members also approved the purchase power agreement with Apex Clean Energy …

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Great River Energy to sign agreement with Apex Clean Energy for 400-megawatt Discovery Wind

Agreement will deliver power from one of the region’s largest renewable resources to Twin Cities via high-voltage direct-current transmission line. Great River Energy has reached an agreement in principle with Apex Clean Energy to receive renewable energy from a 400-megawatt (MW) wind energy project in McLean County, North Dakota. The Discovery Wind project, expected to …

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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 …

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Fourth solar project producing power for Dakota Electric members

Dakota Electric Association members are receiving more electricity from the sun through a new 3-megawatt solar facility built specifically for the cooperative’s members. The 15-acre solar site, south of Farmington, Minnesota, is expected to have a 25-year life and will produce enough electricity to power about 600 average homes. The 10,368 panels will produce more …

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Members receiving energy from new wind farm

The electricity serving cooperative members just got a little greener as another wind energy project has been added to the mix. The Emmons-Logan wind farm located in south central North Dakota began producing electricity in late December, becoming the largest renewable resource serving Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives. The 200-megawatt project will provide carbon-free electricity …

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