Category Archives: Renewable energy

Talent meets technology

Operators use advanced systems, skills to manage electric grid In a dark, windowless room at a Great River Energy location, a mosaic of 50-inch monitors displays information about the electric grid that supplies power to consumers around Minnesota and Wisconsin. Operators monitor the grid 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, working twelve hour […]

Dakota joins new renewable energy program

Businesses interested in renewable energy have a new option in a Great River Energy program tailored specifically for commercial and industrial businesses. Dakota Electric Association (DEA) has signed on to be a participant in the Wellspring C&I program, which offers large companies a new way to offset their energy consumption with renewable resources. “It’s an […]

Midwest energy system ready for winter

The Midwest energy market operator, MISO, projects adequate resources will be available to reliably meet demand in the cold months ahead across its footprint, which extends from the Gulf of Mexico to Manitoba, Canada. The region has 142 gigawatts (GW) of projected available supply to meet an expected winter demand of 103.4 GW. The demand […]

Dakota Electric dedicates solar facility

Dakota Electric Association members will soon receive electricity from a new 1-megawatt solar facility built specifically for the cooperative’s member-owners. Dakota Electric’s board of directors, along with Great River Energy and SoCore Energy personnel, held a dedication Aug. 31 at the joint solar facility in Marshan Township, Minn. The 5-acre solar site is expected to […]

Reaching members at the fair

Great River Energy continued its presence at the Great Minnesota Get-Together this year with a sponsorship of the Milk Run 5k event and by promoting its battery electric school bus pilot program at the Eco Experience building and in parades around the fairgrounds. The Minnesota State Fair brings people from around the state together in […]

Connexus makes solar sweeter

Solar array hosts Bolton Bees’ apiary Connexus Energy’s pollinator-friendly community solar garden is not only generating renewable energy, it is also producing honey. Bolton Bees installed 15 beehives at Connexus Energy’s SolarWise garden in Ramsey, Minn., and has managed and expanded the hives throughout the summer. “We believe our SolarWise solar garden is the first […]

N.D. governor appoints Christianson to energy councils

A recent appointment means that Great River Energy will have a seat at the table at two of North Dakota’s most influential energy councils. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum recently appointed Great River Energy Director of Business Development and Governmental Affairs Al Christianson to the EmPower North Dakota Commission and re-appointed him to the Renewable […]

Bees, butterflies to find a sweet home in Elk River

Ten years ago the U.S. Senate unanimously approved and designated a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” to address the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. National Pollinator Week has now grown into an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles. “We rely on pollinators for […]

Shifting regulations result in few changes

Although President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order calling for review of the Clean Power Plan, the action is expected to have minimal effect on Great River Energy and other Minnesota utilities. It will take the new administration a long time to navigate the maze of administrative, regulatory and legal procedures necessary to enact […]

The ‘grand bargain’: Industry outlook discussed at St. Paul event

Vice President and Chief Transmission Officer Will Kaul was featured at an event in St. Paul titled “Positively Electric: Embracing Clean Electricity to Power More of Our Economy.” He shared insights on the environmental benefits of electrifying the economy and what he sees for the future of the industry. He also talked about ways the […]