Category Archives: Environmental

Volunteers spruce up state parks for GreenTouch Day

More than 350 volunteers descended upon their local state parks last month to spruce up the areas as part of Touchstone Energy’s annual GreenTouch Day. A partnership between Minnesota’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives and Minnesota State Parks, GreenTouch Day is a statewide event that occurs the first Saturday in May and invites electric cooperative employees, members […]

Shifting regulations result in few changes

Although President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order calling for review of the Clean Power Plan, the action is expected to have minimal effect on Great River Energy and other Minnesota utilities. It will take the new administration a long time to navigate the maze of administrative, regulatory and legal procedures necessary to enact […]

Safety, environmental stewardship, cost

Falkirk Mine strives to improve in important areas All of the electricity from Great River Energy’s 1145-megawatt Coal Creek Station near Underwood, N. D., is sold in Minnesota, and all of the coal that is sold to the station comes from the adjacent Falkirk Mine. The relationship between the mine and plant began in 1974 […]

Renewable project depends on continued supply of municipal solid waste

Every day, waste from Hennepin, Sherburne and Anoka counties is delivered to Great River Energy’s Elk River Resource Processing Plant. There, the waste is processed into fuel for a nearby power plant, Great River Energy’s Elk River Energy Recovery Station, which is a renewable waste-to-energy power plant that operates around the clock. Steel, aluminum and […]

Welcome home, bees: Great River Energy, MnDOT and Elk River to bring back prairie

Honey bees and butterflies looking for a home will soon have more than nine new acres in Elk River to settle into. It’s all thanks to Great River Energy, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), the city of Elk River and their shared commitment to helping pollinators. Together the organizations are re-establishing pollinator-friendly habitat on […]

Welcome home, bees: Great River Energy, MnDOT and Elk River to bring back prairie

Honey bees and butterflies looking for a home will soon have more than nine new acres in Elk River to settle into. It’s all thanks to Great River Energy, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), the city of Elk River and their shared commitment to helping pollinators. Together the organizations are re-establishing pollinator-friendly habitat on […]

Power plant welcomes back peregrines

A pair of adult peregrine falcons recently returned to the nesting box located at Elk River Energy Recovery Station, a renewable power plant in Elk River, Minn. Mary Ellen and Brooklyn are the same adults that nested in the box last year. At the time of publication, the pair had produced four eggs. The eggs […]

Bees, butterflies flock toward co-ops

You may have heard all the buzz about saving dwindling bee and butterfly populations. But did you know electric co-ops are doing their part to help to restore pollinator friendly habitat? This spring, Great River Energy will be planting pollinator friendly habitat underneath its power lines that span a Three Rivers District Park. “As a […]