Category Archives: Renewable energy

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

More renewables, competitive rates

Annual meeting outlines plans for increasingly clean energy at stable rates. Great River Energy Board Chair Bob Bruckbauer opened the cooperative’s June 6 annual meeting asserting the role of the democratically elected board of directors in keeping Great River Energy on the proper path for its member-owner cooperatives. “Our wholesale rates remain competitive and stable. […]

Great River Energy sets 50% renewable energy goal for 2030

Voluntary goal will more than double current renewable energy supply Great River Energy today announced a company goal to supply its member-owner cooperatives with energy that is 50 percent from renewable resources by 2030. The announcement was made to more than 200 attendees at the cooperative’s annual meeting. “Great River Energy has already met Minnesota’s […]

2017: Partners in power

Electric cooperatives formed Great River Energy to supply the energy they need to power their members’ lives. Great River Energy does that by remaining financially sound, keeping rates stable and competitive, and continually evaluating its generation and transmission system to make sure it meets members’ needs. In 2017, Great River Energy served its members well […]