Category Archives: Sustainability

Pollinator habitat grows in Elk River

Approximately 3.4 new acres of Great River Energy’s Elk River campus were planted with a mix of butterfly milkweed, black-eyed Susans, little bluestems and other pollinator-friendly species in September. This is in addition to the 9 acres of pollinator habitat planted at the site in 2016. The new prairie is located at the site of […]

Award honors co-op employee’s life-saving call

An electric cooperative employee’s quick thinking and concern for a member’s well-being led to recognition from a statewide organization. Shannon Klinker, an assistant accountant/payroll clerk at Two Harbors-based Cooperative Light & Power (CLP), fielded a call last month from a co-op member looking for any lineworkers who were current or former volunteer firefighters to check […]

Patel elected to Midwest Reliability Organization board

Great River Energy Vice President and Chief Transmission Officer Priti Patel was elected in early November to the Midwest Reliability Organization (MRO) board of directors. The MRO recently asked for nominations from its industry sector members to fill seats on its board of directors. Patel will represent the cooperative sector. Her term will start Jan. […]

Cybersecurity program earns national acclaim

Information Security Program Manager Marc Child was recently recognized for his — and Great River Energy’s — efforts to promote a safe and secure electric system. Child was honored with the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center’s (E-ISAC) Electricity Security Service Award. The inaugural award was presented during GridSecCon, a North American Electric Reliability Corporation […]

Cooperatives build community

While electricity is the main product cooperatives like Great River Energy and its member-owners supply, that isn’t their sole purpose. More than just power supply and lines, co-ops build jobs, trust, communities and hope. They work to improve the quality of life for those they serve; donate time, energy and resources to organizations that help […]

Electric vehicle events get Minnesotans behind the wheel

One of the most effective ways to break down barriers when it comes to understanding new technology is to get hands-on experience with it. That’s what electric cooperatives across Minnesota are providing consumers by hosting electric vehicle (EV) events that showcase various car models and offer people the opportunity to get behind the wheel. Several […]

Board donates $25,000 to Louisiana hurricane relief

One of the mainstay principles of Great River Energy’s business model is “cooperation among cooperatives.” That can mean sending additional crews out to an area to help restore power more quickly for a co-op’s members or sending financial help to cooperative service territories recovering from extreme storm damage. Great River Energy’s board recently took action […]

Careers in Energy Week highlights varied workforce

Energy professionals are proudly leading the country toward attaining decarbonization goals while maintaining energy reliability, resiliency, safety and affordability. And the energy industry is growing. According to the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD), more than 6 million people work in energy careers in the United States but an additional several hundred thousand employees will […]

Co-op employee appointed to state electricity board

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz along with Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan recently announced the appointment of an electric cooperative employee to the state Board of Electricity. Steve Haiby is manager of energy services at Lake Region Electric Cooperative (LREC), one of Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives. Haiby has more than 33 years of experience in […]