Category Archives: Sustainability

Sidewalk donation addresses community safety concerns

As the business district near Underwood, North Dakota, expanded along a highway, a growing stream of cars and trucks mixed with cyclists and pedestrians on a frontage road. A recent Great River Energy concrete donation resulted in a new multi-purpose recreation trail and a safe path for biking and walking. The project came about as […]

Co-op, employees donate more than $10K to rebuild Lake Street

Great River Energy has a long history of donating to communities in need across the country when crises arise. This time, the crisis hit closer to home for many employees and their families. Storefronts along the Minneapolis Lake Street business district—where most businesses and organizations are owned by immigrants and people of color—were vandalized, looted […]

Plans coming together for employees returning to the workplace

Great River Energy’s employees have successfully served its 28 member-owner cooperatives throughout the pandemic. Nearly half of the cooperative’s employees have continued reporting to their work locations to ensure reliable electricity keeps flowing to member-owners, while the other half have worked remotely since March 12 as a result of the coronavirus. “Great River Energy is […]

Guarding the future: Aubright adjusts amid COVID-19 pandemic

After ending 2019 strong, Aubright hit the ground running at the start of this year. The St. Cloud-based company, which is served by Great River Energy member-owner cooperative Stearns Electric Association, anticipated another successful year and planned to leverage its growth from 2019. In early January, however, the world began hearing reports about a novel […]

Homes for bees, butterflies create sustainable habitats

National Pollinator Week, recognized from June 22-26, celebrates the humble bees, butterflies, bats and other bugs that pollinate and support more than 70% of the world’s crops. Great River Energy and other electric cooperatives are among the many organizations that have played a role in re-establishing native habitat for these important species. Great River Energy […]

Employee ingenuity earns national recognition

Three Great River Energy employees recently received Technology Transfer Awards from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for their achievements in collaborative research and development projects. Presented annually, EPRI’s Technology Transfer Awards recognize industry leaders and innovators who help companies transform research into results and solutions that can improve the efficiency of power plants, harden […]

Effective planning, aggressive steps make pandemic response a success

Extraordinary times and extraordinary measures – these are the kinds of scenarios that people who manage risk for electric cooperatives think long and hard about year in and year out, even when things are going smoothly. This kind of thinking is what prepared Great River Energy to continue reliable service when the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic […]

Member Moment: Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative

“Member Moment” highlights one of Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives and how it uniquely demonstrates what it means to be a cooperative. This member-owner cooperative has deep roots in its communities and provides electric service to one of the largest seed corn companies in the United States. Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative (TWEC) was one of the […]

Terebinth Refuge wins statewide Minnesota Touchstone Energy Community Award

A St. Cloud-based nonprofit is the recipient of the statewide 2020 Minnesota Touchstone Energy Community Award. Terebinth Refuge, a shelter and safe home serving sexually exploited and trafficked women in Minnesota, received the award from the Minnesota Rural Electric Association along with $1,000 for its efforts. Minnesota Touchstone Energy cooperatives adhere to the seven cooperative […]