Category Archives: Environmental

Studies evaluate pathways to decarbonization in Minnesota

States across the country have either already enacted policies to decarbonize their economies or are currently working toward implementing them. But different policies, even with the same goals, can have different impacts on each state’s energy system. Over the years, there have been several proposals in Minnesota, including some that would increase the state’s renewable […]

Co-op CEO touts voluntary conservation efforts to Congress

The best way to preserve the struggling monarch butterfly is through voluntary conservation efforts rather than government regulation, a Minnesota electric cooperative CEO recently told a House panel. “Our goal is to protect this iconic species for posterity,” said Justin Jahnz, CEO of East Central Energy (ECE), in testimony before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee […]

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 […]

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 […]

Facility recognized for wastewater management

Part of Great River Energy’s commitment to providing reliable, affordable electricity to its member-owner cooperatives is an ongoing responsibility to minimize the environmental impact of its operations. The co-op demonstrates its dedication to environmental stewardship by the inclusion of sustainability in its mission statement, a commitment to incorporating renewable energy into its power supply portfolio […]

Electrify your lawn care

Electricity is starting to power more than just the vehicles that get you to and from your daily destinations. It’s also being used to replace the gas you normally use to fill up your lawn mower. When it comes time to buying a lawn mower, there are several reasons to opt for an electric version […]

Falcons return: Egg watch is on!

Great River Energy’s long-term peregrine falcon residents have returned to the Elk River, Minnesota, nest box. Brooklyn, the male, has returned for a seventh year and Breezy, the female, has returned for a fourth year. The pair produced four eggs between March 23 and March 29. The eggs are expected to hatch the week of […]

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 […]

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 […]