Category Archives: Renewable energy

Co-ops help DataBank achieve renewable energy milestone

With the help of Dakota Electric Association and Great River Energy, a local data center is powered entirely by renewable energy. DataBank, a leading provider of enterprise-class colocation, connectivity and managed services, announced the milestone was achieved at MSP2, a data center located in Eagan, Minnesota. DataBank entered into an agreement with utility provider Dakota […]

Long-duration battery project in the works

Wind farms produce electricity when it’s breezy. Solar panels generate energy during the day. Low-cost, long-duration storage has the potential to serve cooperative members when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining. A Great River Energy pilot project has the potential to solve the challenges posed by the variable nature of the most […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

East Central Energy celebrates new solar array

A new 2-megawatt solar array built for East Central Energy (ECE) members demonstrates the cooperative’s commitment to renewable energy. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last month at the array’s 15-acre site in Cambridge, Minnesota. ECE staff and directors welcomed Cambridge city officials, members of the North 65 Chamber of Commerce, representatives from Great River 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 […]