Category Archives: Sustainability

Responsible land management earns state award

The North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC) presented Great River Energy with a reclamation award for outstanding stewardship of the land during the decommissioning and demolition of the Stanton Station power plant. The PSC presented its 2019 North Dakota Award for Excellence in Surface Coal Mining and Reclamation to Great River Energy for “environmentally responsible […]

Co-ops help bring America’s pastime to communities

More than 3,500 youth in 42 different Twins Territory communities participated in baseball and softball clinics for free this summer, courtesy of a partnership between the Minnesota Twins and Great River Energy. Play Ball! Minnesota youth clinics have since 1961 promoted baseball and softball to boys and girls ages 6-13 throughout the Upper Midwest. Knowledgeable […]

Employees pitch in on Habitat for Humanity build

Great River Energy employees recently dedicated 552 hours of volunteer time to help build a Habitat for Humanity home in Hugo, Minnesota. “We had 71 volunteers participating in the build over the week,” said Dave Kempf, manager of transmission planning engineering at Great River Energy. “This is a great support of our local, cooperative community […]

Minnesota Twins honor Great River Energy’s support of veterans

Before the first pitch of the July 23 game between the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees, Twins Territory applauded Great River Energy. Great River Energy was recognized for being a Yellow Ribbon Company, which certifies the company’s support of U.S. service men and women and their families. Great River Energy was named Minnesota’s 57th […]

Area teachers learn about energy

More than 100 elementary and secondary teachers switched roles in this summer as they became the students at an educational seminar hosted by the Lignite Energy Council. The seminar, held from June 10-13 at the National Energy Center of Excellence on the Bismarck State College campus, included educators from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and […]

Fresh produce to be grown indoors with electricity

Leafy greens will soon be grown 365 days of the year Minnesota. How? An insulated shipping container equipped with a complete hydroponic growing system will be delivered to the Central Lakes College (CLC) Agricultural Campus as part of an Electric Power Research Institute research project with Great River Energy, Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative (TWEC), Lakewood Health […]

Why co-ops work

It all starts with a vote. When you become a cooperative member, you receive the right to vote for the fellow members you want to serve as stewards of the cooperative. Those elected directors hire the general manager (or CEO) to lead the organization and make sure the cooperative is delivering the service the membership […]

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), […]

Week of Service brings employees, communities together

Employees proudly represented Great River Energy at several nonprofit organizations June 17-20 as part of the cooperative’s third-annual Week of Service. The volunteer event had employees rolling up their sleeves and lending a hand in Minnesota and North Dakota communities. Volunteers in Minnesota cleaned the visitor center and weeded gardens at the historic Oliver Kelley […]