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Grid equipped for summer demand

The Midwest region’s grid operator projects stability this summer but noted that long-term reliability will depend on new enhancements to the electric system. The results of Midcontinent Independent System Operator’s (MISO) 2023-24 Planning Resource Auction indicate there is sufficient generation capacity to meet forecasted peak electricity demand for the planning year which spans from June …

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Forum highlights energy issues in Minnesota

Nearly 100 people attended Lake Region Electric Cooperative’s (LREC) Energy Forum held last month in Ottertail, Minnesota. The energy forum provided the opportunity for LREC’s member-owners, community leaders and the general public to hear firsthand how electric cooperatives are ready to meet the challenges of the new energy economy. LREC CEO Tim Thompson welcomed everyone …

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Public outreach continues for Northland Reliability Project

Great River Energy and Minnesota Power hosted a second phase of public open houses in May for the Northland Reliability Project in six communities where attendees could ask questions and provide input on the transmission line’s preliminary route. More than 200 property owners attended the events. The two utilities plan to build an approximately 180-mile, …

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Leadership talks safety with Great River Energy employees

Two members of Great River Energy’s leadership team recently set out to talk safety with field employees.  The purpose of the visits was to gain a better understanding about work happening in the field, provide an opportunity for employees to share challenges or ask questions, and for employees to highlight safety improvements they have identified …

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Northland Reliability Project open houses continue

Minnesota Power and Great River Energy invite the public to attend a second phase of open houses for their Northland Reliability Project where they can ask questions and provide input on the transmission line’s preliminary route. Minnesota Power, a utility division of ALLETE Inc. (NYSE: ALE), and Great River Energy plan to build an approximately …

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Great River Energy delivers on its triple bottom line in 2022

Like all cooperatives, Great River Energy strives to provide great, affordable service and meet the needs of its membership. Electricity is being produced in new ways and cooperative members are finding different ways to use that electricity in their homes and businesses. Great River Energy and its member-owners have adapted remarkably to both trends. They …

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Employee event emphasizes co-op’s safety culture

Great River Energy recently hosted a Safety Day event for transmission employees who work in safety-sensitive positions. Safety Day is time set aside for learning and continuing to build and strengthen Great River Energy’s strong safety culture.   Jonathan Geiger, leader of power system protection at Great River Energy, attended the day-long event and said he …

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Open houses conclude for Northland Reliability Project

Public open houses for the Northland Reliability Project recently concluded after 14 meetings were held in seven different Minnesota cities from Grand Rapids to Becker. The meetings were held throughout the project’s study area to provide the public with information about Great River Energy, Minnesota Power and the project that the companies are jointly building. …

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Federal action makes transmission investment even better for member cooperatives

Great River Energy employees have been hard at work for the last couple of years ensuring the massive power grid buildout underway in the Upper Midwest is in the best interest of the cooperative’s member-owners for reliability, affordability and fairness. They have enjoyed several significant victories throughout the process, not the least of which came …

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