Category Archives: Transmission

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 […]

Intern invents computer program to improve safety

What used to take four months of an intern’s time now takes 10 minutes. “Interns used to be assigned to manually run calculations on our lines to determine the incident energy for transmission line arc flash hazards,” said Melissa Phillips, Great River Energy engineer and intern mentor. “These reports would take a typical intern four […]

Utilities study nuclear threats to grid

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) recently released a report on a study it performed over three years about how an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) caused by a nuclear explosion at high altitudes could impact the electric grid. EPRI gathered research in partnership with the Department of Energy, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, three national laboratories, […]

Co-ops work together to restore system after Winter Storm Wesley

When Winter Storm Wesley ripped through southern Minnesota on April 11, crews from Great River Energy, neighboring utilities and member-owner cooperatives got to work clearing fallen poles from roads, setting new poles, stringing wire and bringing the power back to the more than 8,300 end-use members who experienced an outage. All of the substations Great […]

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 […]

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 […]

Service center opens in St. James Industrial Park

Great River Energy leaders, the mayor and city representatives of St. James, Minn., and Wilcon Construction recently cut the ribbon on a new 20,000-square-foot steel building in the St. James Industrial Park. “This service center is strategically located to serve our southern members,” said Priti Patel, vice president and chief transmission officer at Great River […]

System braves extreme, bold north cold

It was the coldest of times the last week of January as temperatures plunged to record lows across the Midwest. When severe winter cold puts the electric grid to the test, Great River Energy’s generation and transmission assets are carefully operated and monitored to ensure electricity continues to power member-consumers’ homes. The cooperative’s resilient transmission […]

Major construction to commence on premiere transmission system

One of the most critical, best-performing features of Great River Energy’s electric system will become even more reliable this summer after the cooperative upgrades its unique high-voltage, direct-current (HVDC) transmission system with today’s technology. Great River Energy’s HVDC system works like a 436-mile extension cord that delivers power directly from the cooperative’s largest power plant […]