Category Archives: Pollinators

Pollinator habitat grows in Elk River

Approximately 3.4 new acres of Great River Energy’s Elk River campus were planted with a mix of butterfly milkweed, black-eyed Susans, little bluestems and other pollinator-friendly species in September. This is in addition to the 9 acres of pollinator habitat planted at the site in 2016. The new prairie is located at the site of […]

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 […]

ECE first to receive pollinator certificate

One of Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives was recently named the first electric cooperative—and the first applicant from the energy sector—to receive a Certificate of Inclusion into the monarch butterfly Candidate Conservation Agreement with the Assurances (CCAA). The CCAA program encourages transportation and energy partners to get involved in monarch conservation by providing and […]

Wright-Hennepin plants pollinator habitat

Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association (WH) recently seeded a native planting at its Rockford, Minnesota, headquarters. The planting is located on 1.25 acres of land in front of two WH solar communities. The property will soon provide habitat for pollinators such as birds, bees and butterflies. Minnesota Native Landscapes, based in Otsego, Minnesota, prepped the site […]

Homes for bees, butterflies create sustainable habitats

National Pollinator Week, recognized from June 22-26, celebrates the humble bees, butterflies, bats and other bugs that pollinate and support more than 70% of the world’s crops. Great River Energy and other electric cooperatives are among the many organizations that have played a role in re-establishing native habitat for these important species. Great River Energy […]

East Central Energy celebrates new solar array

A new 2-megawatt solar array built for East Central Energy (ECE) members demonstrates the cooperative’s commitment to renewable energy. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last month at the array’s 15-acre site in Cambridge, Minnesota. ECE staff and directors welcomed Cambridge city officials, members of the North 65 Chamber of Commerce, representatives from Great River Energy […]

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 […]

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 […]