Category Archives: Sustainability

Power plant sale helps advance critical environmental technology

There are a lot of differing views when it comes to discussing the future of electricity production. One promising technology, however, has gained support from the business community, environmental advocates, the White House and elected officials on both sides of the aisle: carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS). By removing the greenhouse gas emissions from […]

Truck accident calls attention to power line safety

A recent accident near Wanda, Minnesota, left more than 700 cooperative member-consumers without power for several hours after a truck hit a power line and brought down two utility poles. Not only did the incident cause an outage, it also created an unsafe situation. Although crews from Great River Energy and member-owner Redwood Electric Cooperative […]

Murals add vibrancy to neighborhood

North Minneapolis is becoming more colorful thanks to a mural project funded in part by a Great River Energy subsidiary. Mural at the Market was created by community partners with a vision to bring vibrancy and attract new potential to the Minneapolis Farmers Market area. Young artists from Juxtaposition Arts in North Minneapolis are currently […]

Patel named 2021 Notable BIPOC Executive

Great River Energy’s Vice President and Chief Transmission Officer Priti Patel was recently named a Twin Cities Business 2021 Notable BIPOC Executive. The magazine featured notable BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) executives who have shown the ability to effect change, demonstrated a willingness to share expertise, and exhibited leadership in specific initiatives or programs […]

Making a buzz for pollinators

Humble bees, butterflies and other bugs pollinate more than 70% of the world’s crops. Great River Energy and other electric cooperatives are among the many organizations that have focused on the plight of these pollinators and are working to re-establish their native habitat. National Pollinator Week, recognized from June 21 to June 27, is an […]

Falcons banded in Elk River

The four young falcons residing in Great River Energy’s peregrine falcon nesting box in Elk River were banded last month. Representatives from the Raptor Resource Project conducted the banding and examined the young falcons. The two females and two males were deemed healthy and then named Joe’l, Eleanor, Todd and Sawyer. With the help of […]

Scholarships help future energy leaders

The energy industry has always been driven by smart people and new ideas. Scholarship programs funded and organized by Great River Energy are designed to provide training and education for the next generation to lead electric cooperatives. Great River Energy recently awarded dozens of scholarships to students attending high schools in North Dakota and Minnesota […]

Electric cooperatives ask members to do their part to conserve energy today

Cooperative members are being asked to conserve electricity. Please cut back energy use until 10 p.m. today. Your cooperation is appreciated. The heat wave we are experiencing has prompted the operator of the electric transmission system in our region to issue a maximum generation emergency event. This means that all generation is being called upon […]