Category Archives: Sustainability

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.

Boat ramp donated at site of retired power plant

Shortly after the closure of Great River Energy’s Stanton Station power plant in North Dakota, area residents had a question that they hoped held a positive answer: “What will happen to the boat ramp at Stanton Station?” Area residents had used the boat ramp for decades. It not only offers convenient access to the Missouri […]

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 bees’ knees of habitats created for pollinators

National Pollinator Week, recognized from June 17-21, celebrates the humble bees, butterflies, bats and other bugs that pollinate and help more than 70 percent of the world’s crops. Electric cooperatives are among the many organizations that have focused on the plight of these pollinators and have done their part to re-establish their native habitat. Great […]

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 […]

Stay away from downed power lines: April storm devastates power line system

Yesterday’s snow and ice caused widespread destruction on the powerline system, leaving thousands of electric cooperative members without power. With more than 323 transmission line structures down on their system and 15 substations without power, Great River Energy, wholesale power supplier 28 member-owner cooperatives, asks for patience and urges the public to beware of downed […]

Storm damage update

The storm we are experiencing across the state is having a severe impact on the electric system for Great River Energy, its member-owner cooperatives, and our neighboring utilities. We have approximately 200 structures down on our transmission system and we understand that our neighboring utilities have approximately 150 structures down on their systems. As the […]

Great River Energy certified as a Great Place to Work

Great River Energy, a wholesale energy provider to 28 member-owner cooperatives across Minnesota, received the Great Place to Work Certification, identifying the organization as having a high-trust and high-performing workplace culture. The organization earned the ranking by surveying employees on the five dimensions in the Great Place to Work® Trust Model® – camaraderie, credibility, fairness, […]

Thanks to the line technicians who keep the lights on

They set out in the dead of night or the cold of winter to bring back your power. They climb poles, work from bucket trucks and maintain energized lines. On April 8, line technicians will be recognized in our local community as part of National Lineworker Appreciation Day. Great River Energy, member-owned power supplier to […]