Category Archives: Transmission

Line technicians power co-op communities

Line technicians play an important role in the local communities served by Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives by bringing the power back on in the dead of night and cold of winter. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association dedicates the second Monday in April as a time to thank and recognize line technicians and […]

Transmission utility partnership builds under Grid North Partners

The CapX2020 partners announced March 9 they are evolving, moving into the future under a new name: Grid North Partners. Great River Energy was a co-founder of the transmission partnership CapX2020, a group of 10 utilities formed in 2004 to upgrade and expand the transmission system in the Upper Midwest. The CapX2020 partners successfully built […]

Co-ops step up in the cold 

As parts of the United States struggled to maintain electric service during a historic cold snap, Minnesota’s cooperatives went to great lengths to ensure their members had the energy they needed.  Electricity is responsible for a long list of conveniences of modern life: a charged phone, hot coffee, air conditioning, television. But, when the temperature drops below zero, dependable energy is also a matter of safety.  Historic cold weather across the country in mid-February drove […]

New wire provides reliability when it matters most

Imagine an electric system so resilient it can withstand 94 mile-per-hour winds, ice and severe weather to keep electricity reliable during even the worst storm. Great River Energy is piloting such a project in Federated Rural Electric Association’s service territory. The southwest part of Minnesota, where Federated Rural Electric Association is located, is the area […]

Experts convene to talk grid reliability

Leading experts from electric utilities, cooperatives and federal agencies around the country convened recently for the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) Reliability Leadership Summit to share experiences, learn from each other and discuss emerging risks to the reliability and security of the electric grid. Great River Energy’s Vice President and Chief Transmission Officer Priti […]

Co-ops restore power to thousands after blizzard

While the blizzard that hit Minnesota the night before Christmas Eve did little to damage Great River Energy’s transmission system, transmission partners that serve its member-owner cooperatives were not as lucky. “The blizzard caused damage to transmission facilities owned by other utilities, which left 11 of our members’ substations without power for sustained periods,” said […]

Drones pull the ropes

An unmanned aircraft system (UAS)—or drone—was needed to safely complete recent work on a transmission line project led by Great River Energy for one of its member-owner cooperatives. A portion of the Elisha to Pine Point project required crossing Hay Creek near Park Rapids, Minnesota. This vegetative wetland is hard to travel by foot and […]

North Dakota service center supports grid reliability

Service centers are strategically located throughout Great River Energy’s service territory to ensure the reliability of the electric grid. Construction is in its final stages for one such service center, which is located hundreds of miles from the cooperative’s membership but plays a critical role in keeping electricity reliable in Minnesota. “Our North Dakota service […]

Great River Energy analyzes future of unique transmission system

The announcement that Great River Energy will close the Coal Creek Station power plant in the last half of 2022 led to in-depth analysis of how the cooperative’s high-voltage, direct-current (HVDC) transmission system will be used after the plant closes. The HVDC system, which is made up of a 436-mile transmission line and two converter […]