Category Archives: Sustainability

Great year for safety, and a plan to improve

Great River Energy had a historic year for safety in 2020, recording the lowest injury rates in its 21-year history. As employees take on new projects in 2021, they are encouraged to learn from good catches and near misses to continuously improve the safety culture. Great River Energy’s remarkable safety scores are particularly impressive given […]

Two ways a unique internship program is opening doors

Juniors and seniors in college often seek internships, looking for ways to distinguish themselves among their peers. Great River Energy’s internship program is unique in more ways than one, and the differences are making it a huge success. Start them early, watch them grow The purpose of Great River Energy’s internship program is to provide […]

Local food shelves, schools benefit from mask donations

Electric cooperatives are guided by seven cooperative principles, and among them is a vow to support the overall sustainability of the communities they serve, which extends beyond providing electricity. “We know the coronavirus impacted millions of people, including some of our employees,” said Therese LaCanne, manager of communications and marketing at Great River Energy. “We’ve […]

Helping seniors connect, one iPad at a time

Social isolation is a concern for residents of senior living facilities. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic began, many seniors experienced trouble connecting with loved ones who live far away since using technology can pose some challenges. When the son of a Great River Energy employee heard about this challenge, he wanted to help. Dominic Bitzan, […]

Concern for community shines during pandemic

The holiday season always serves as a time for reflection, gratitude and goodwill. While the past year brought with it many new challenges, Great River Energy and its employees pulled together to strengthen the communities the cooperative and its 28 member-owners serve. As we prepare for a new year, let’s first look back to a […]

Great River Energy moves on renewable energy transition

$882 million wind development nearly completes cooperative’s plans for renewable transition. With long-term agreements to purchase the output from four large wind energy projects, Great River Energy has secured energy resources to transition to a largely renewable power supply portfolio by 2023. Great River Energy has signed agreements with subsidiaries of NextEra Energy Resources to […]

Job No. 1

At the center of every job, project and task at Great River Energy is a commitment to keeping people safe This year has dramatically changed how Great River Energy conducts business. Some employees are working remotely, while others have incorporated social distancing and masks into their daily routines. They take these measures seriously because they […]

Employee’s quick response to emergency saves a life

While attending his son’s youth football game, Electrical & Instrumentation Safety & Training Administrator Brad Steier noticed a man lying on the ground behind him. Rushing to his side, Steier and others assessed the man’s vitals, finding no pulse or no signs of breathing. Just like Steier practiced in training, the group assigned one person […]

Great River Energy signs on to South Dakota wind project

Agreement will add 200 megawatts of renewable capacity to cooperative’s portfolio Great River Energy has signed a power purchase agreement for 200 megawatts (MW) of wind energy from a project in Deuel County, South Dakota. Through an agreement with Invenergy, a Midwest-based developer and operator of sustainable energy solutions, Great River Energy will supply its […]

Jones recognized as finalist for ORBIE CIO of the Year

Great River Energy’s Vice President and Chief Information Officer Jim Jones was recognized Sept. 18 as a finalist in the Twin Cities CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards. Judges rank finalists on innovation, leadership, business value creation and community involvement. Awards are presented each year in six different categories of organizations: global, enterprise, large enterprise, […]