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Electric system stable during January arctic blast

Great River Energy’s employees, power supply and transmission assets, and member demand response resources all contributed to providing reliable and economical service during the January cold weather event. Great River Energy’s wind resources produced at over 50% capacity for much of the cold spell, selling energy into the market at favorable prices. Heightened heating demand …

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Solar energy powers co-op’s new electric vehicle chargers

A Southern Minnesota electric cooperative is now providing electric vehicle (EV) drivers the opportunity to quickly “fuel” up at its headquarters with its newly installed fast-charging stations that come with an added bonus: A renewable form of locally produced energy is the source of power. Owatonna-based Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric, one of Great River Energy’s 27 …

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Locally sourced renewable energy

Contract change recognizes growing interest and opportunities for local renewable energy Most of Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives now have an increased opportunity to self-supply renewable energy following the approval of an amendment to their wholesale power contracts. What was previously an option for members that receive all their wholesale power from Great River Energy …

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Grid North Partners to implement 19 transmission upgrades to reduce system congestion

Grid North Partners utilities have identified 19 transmission project upgrades expected to be built over the next three years. These projects, which span Minnesota and touch eastern South Dakota, will enable more low-cost renewable energy to be delivered from western Minnesota to customers throughout the region by reducing congestion on the transmission system. “We have …

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Great River Energy and member-owners apply for New ERA funding

Great River Energy, a not-for-profit wholesale electric cooperative, along with a majority of its member-owners are pleased to announce they have filed a Letter of Interest with the United States Department of Agriculture to participate in the department’s Empowering Rural America (New ERA) program to become eligible for nearly $1 billion in federal funds to …

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Great River Energy continues to explore alternative energy production

As the energy industry moves toward a more resilient, reliable and sustainable future, Great River Energy has made it a priority to study and evaluate emerging technologies and trends. One of these areas currently being investigated is zero carbon ammonia production. Ammonia is traditionally produced using fossil fuels, but in 2013 the University of Minnesota …

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Forum highlights energy issues in Minnesota

Nearly 100 people attended Lake Region Electric Cooperative’s (LREC) Energy Forum held last month in Ottertail, Minnesota. The energy forum provided the opportunity for LREC’s member-owners, community leaders and the general public to hear firsthand how electric cooperatives are ready to meet the challenges of the new energy economy. LREC CEO Tim Thompson welcomed everyone …

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Report details power supply plans

Filing with Minnesota Public Utilities Commission lays out pathway to complying with state’s carbon-free standard Great River Energy filed its 2023 integrated resource plan on March 31 with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. The document details the cooperative’s commitment to reliably meet its member-owners’ energy needs in a cost-effective and environmentally responsible way as it …

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Great River Energy delivers on its triple bottom line in 2022

Like all cooperatives, Great River Energy strives to provide great, affordable service and meet the needs of its membership. Electricity is being produced in new ways and cooperative members are finding different ways to use that electricity in their homes and businesses. Great River Energy and its member-owners have adapted remarkably to both trends. They …

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New year brings new wind resources

Great River Energy begins 2023 by adding two new wind agreements to its growing portfolio of renewable resources. The new year brought two new energy resources to Great River Energy’s power supply portfolio. The projects will collectively add more than 300 megawatts (MW) of nameplate generating capacity — and zero emissions. “Adding cost-effective wind resources …

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