Category Archives: Transmission

Key approvals advance Great River Energy portfolio transition

Recent actions by energy regulators in St. Paul and Washington, D.C., have moved Great River Energy further along in the transition of its power supply portfolio. Approvals by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will help facilitate Great River Energy’s sale of Coal Creek Station and its high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) […]

Ensuring the electric grid can bounce back quickly

While temperatures are dropping and snow is starting to fall now, Great River Energy has already taken steps to prepare for whatever impacts this weather may bring. “Resilience” has become a common focus for electric cooperatives and utilities around the country as extreme weather events, such as this year’s polar vortex, become more common. “The […]

Transmission project kicks off during virtual open house

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in major changes to the way Great River Energy conducts its business. What has not changed is the importance of engaging member-owners in the cooperative’s projects. Great River Energy has found new ways to gather stakeholder input while keeping the public safe and healthy. Great River Energy recently held a […]

Truck accident calls attention to power line safety

A recent accident near Wanda, Minnesota, left more than 700 cooperative member-consumers without power for several hours after a truck hit a power line and brought down two utility poles. Not only did the incident cause an outage, it also created an unsafe situation. Although crews from Great River Energy and member-owner Redwood Electric Cooperative […]

Great River Energy guides ‘Finding True North Conference’

Great River Energy provided a cooperative voice at the Grid North Partners “Finding Truth North Conference” held June 16. Great River Energy Vice President and Chief Transmission Officer Priti Patel served as emcee and Operations and Transmission Services Director Dick Pursley participated on one of the event’s panels. Grid North Partners is an evolution of […]

Rainbow Energy Center to purchase Coal Creek Station

After 40 years serving Minnesota cooperative members, North Dakota’s largest and most efficient power plant will continue operations under local ownership. Rainbow Energy Center, LLC (Rainbow Energy Center) has reached an agreement to purchase Coal Creek Station from Great River Energy and operate the 1,151-megawatt (MW) power plant using current plant employees they hire. Nexus […]

Electric system passes early summer test

Great River Energy’s system performed well in early June despite the stretch of temperatures repeatedly reaching above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. “We did not experience any overloading on the transmission system, and we did not need to make any special operational changes except for some equipment maintenance work schedule changes,” said Great River Energy Operations and […]

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 […]