Category Archives: Environmental

Employees install nest box for falcons

Work to provide a new home to the peregrine falcons who usually nest at Elk River Energy Recovery Station has begun. With decommissioning of the Elk River power plant underway, employees chose a new site for the falcons to return to for their typical nesting period from mid-February through March, depending on weather patterns. Line […]

Organizations partner to preserve bird habitat

Eighty acres of Great River Energy-owned property was recently placed in a conservation easement with the help of the Minnesota Land Trust. The area—adjacent to Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area (WMA)—creates a natural, continuous habitat for numerous bird species, including red-shouldered hawks, sandhill cranes and red-headed woodpeckers. “The importance of this property cannot be understated,” […]

Young falcons banded

The four young eyasses (baby falcons) residing in the nesting box atop Great River Energy’s Elk River Energy Recovery Station power plant were banded May 28. The Raptor Resource Project assisted with the banding and bird identification. There are two female eyasses, Meggie and Amelia, and two male eyasses, William and Charlie.

Co-ops prepare state parks for summer

An annual partnership between Minnesota’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives and Minnesota State Parks and Trails offers an opportunity for the public to pitch in and help beautify their local state parks. GreenTouch Day, which occurs the first Saturday of every May, helps to build a stronger connection between people and the environment through volunteering. Minnesota Touchstone […]

The birds are back in town

The Great River Energy peregrine falcons have returned to their nesting box. Brooklyn, the male, has returned to the Elk River, Minn., site for a fifth consecutive year. The female, Breezy, new to the nesting box in 2018 has also returned. She fledged from a nest box in Oak Park Heights, Minn., in 2015. Brooklyn […]

Great River Energy studies proposed EPA emissions rules

Great River Energy has a team of employees studying the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule regarding emissions from existing electricity generating units, and is analyzing its impact on its power plants. The EPA’s proposed Affordable Clean Energy rule would replace the Clean Power Plan and set guidelines for states to curb emissions through […]

North Dakota plants qualify for LEE status

Great River Energy recently received a letter from the North Dakota Department of Health qualifying Coal Creek Station and Spiritwood Station as low emitting electrical generating units (LEE) with respect to particulate matter emissions. “Because of the stringent requirements, few plants have qualified for LEE status and it demonstrates that our plants are some of […]

Electric co-ops add their touch to Minnesota state parks

  Several Touchstone Energy cooperatives across Minnesota pitched in at their local state and county parks this spring in an effort to spruce up their natural beauty. Volunteers from seven electric cooperatives took part in this year’s GreenTouch program by raking leaves and pine needles, and cleaning roadside ditches, picnic shelters and campground areas. They […]