Category Archives: Environmental

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 […]

Bees, butterflies flutter for National Pollinator Week

Pollinators such as bees and butterflies have made their home at Great River Energy’s Elk River campus. Three years ago, Great River Energy began preparations to plant prairie on its 9-acre plot of land outside of its Elk River campus facility. The Minnesota Department of Transportation and Elk River Energy City partnered with Great River […]

Young falcons get their ‘jewelry’

It was a successful year for Breezy and Brooklyn, the two adult peregrine falcons that reside in the nesting box atop Great River Energy’s Elk River Energy Recovery Station (ERERS) in Elk River, Minn. Brooklyn, the male, has returned to this site for a fourth consecutive year. The female, Breezy, is new to the site. […]