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Great River Energy advocates for cooperatives with new power lines on the horizon

The region’s grid operator is soon expected to approve the first phase of high-voltage power line projects in its multi-phase Long-Range Transmission Plan. The Midcontinent Independent System Operator’s (MISO) plan calls for $10 billion and more in transmission investment across the 15-state region in the next decade, including several projects in Minnesota. The addition of …

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Great River Energy announces next pollinator habitat project

Great River Energy and other electric cooperatives are among the many organizations focusing on the plight of bumble bees, butterflies and the many other bugs that pollinate more than 70% of the world’s crops. In celebration of National Pollinator Week, June 20-26, Great River Energy is proud to announce its next pollinator habitat project. “Later …

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Grid authorities issue warnings about summer energy demand

Great River Energy has sufficient resources to serve its membership, but expected weather challenges may warrant added measures to maintain reliability of the larger grid Last week, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) issued its 2022 Summer Reliability Assessment. In it, NERC — the United States’ authority on electric reliability — warned that several …

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Strong recovery follows trio of spring storms

Early May damage to the electric system included second-most damaging event in Great River Energy’s history Great River Energy is well on the road to recovery after three rounds of severe storms took a heavy toll on its power line system. According to WCCO-TV, the stretch of damaging, back-to-back severe storms Minnesota experienced on May …

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Low-carbon future comes into focus

If you were to start an electric company from scratch, what would it look like? Great River Energy President and Chief Executive Officer David Saggau has described his vision for the ideal power provider for Minnesota’s cooperative members. “You would start with a portfolio of renewable energy resources at locations throughout the Midwest,” Saggau said. …

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Stay away from downed power lines

As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, Great River Energy is issuing this important safety reminder. Severe weather can cause damage to power lines, leaving what can be dangerous situations until crews can make repairs and restore power. “If you see a downed power line, call 911 to report it immediately and stay away. There …

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2021: A great year for Great River Energy’s reliability

Great River Energy uses 10 industry-accepted reliability indices to measure transmission reliability to its 28 member-owner cooperatives. New records were set for eight of those measurement in 2021, resulting in one of the best years for Great River Energy’s reliability on record. “Unusually mild weather in the state and our investments in the grid contributed …

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Planning engineers anticipate more high-voltage power lines

Great River Energy, wholesale power provider to 28 member-owner distribution cooperatives in Minnesota, continuously studies the electric power grid to ensure the high-voltage power line system that delivers electricity to local cooperatives is always reliable, and ready to keep the power flowing and the lights on. “Great River Energy works very closely with our region’s …

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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) …

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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 …

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