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Great River Energy and 9 other utilities to study transmission grid in light of ambitious carbon reduction goals

CapX2020 utilities say electric grid must have resilience and capacity to meet changing generation mix The CapX2020 utilities plan to study the transmission system that serves the Upper Midwest to identify system improvements and infrastructure upgrades that may be needed to achieve the ambitious 2050 carbon reduction goals established or proposed by utilities and policymakers. […]

Minnesota Twins honor Great River Energy’s support of veterans

Before the first pitch of the July 23 game between the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees, Twins Territory applauded Great River Energy. Great River Energy was recognized for being a Yellow Ribbon Company, which certifies the company’s support of U.S. service men and women and their families.  In a public address announcement, the Twins […]

Co-ops launch one-stop shop for EV chargers

The easiest way to help consumers transition from traditional gasoline vehicles to an electric vehicle (EV) is by making the process as simple as possible. Great River Energy and its participating member-owner cooperatives are doing their part by creating a one-stop shop for member-consumers to purchase and install an EV charging station in their garage. […]

Member Moment: Kandiyohi Power Cooperative

“Member Moment” highlights one of Great River Energy’s member-owner cooperatives and how they uniquely demonstrate what it means to be a cooperative. Leading-edge technology might not be top of mind when you think of the heart of rural Minnesota, but Kandiyohi Power Cooperative (KPC), one of Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives, is changing that […]

Lake Country Power receives Employer of Veterans Award

Lake Country Power (LCP) recently accepted the Employer of Veterans Award from The American Legion Department of Minnesota, which was presented to the cooperative during the Department Convention in Willmar, Minnesota.  Derek Howe, chief operating officer at LCP, accepted the award on behalf of the co-op. Lt. Cmdr. Howe served as a P-3 Mission Commander […]

Employees pitch in on Habitat for Humanity build

Great River Energy employees recently dedicated 552 hours of volunteer time to help build a Habitat for Humanity home in Hugo, Minnesota. “We had 71 volunteers participating in the build over the week,” said Dave Kempf, manager of transmission planning engineering at Great River Energy. “This is a great support of our local, cooperative community […]

Dakota Electric dedicates sun-tracking solar facility

Dakota Electric Association (DEA) members are now receiving more electricity from the sun through a new 2-megawatt solar facility built specifically for the cooperative’s members. ENGIE, a multinational electric utility company, built and owns the solar facility on behalf of Great River Energy. Through a power purchase contract with GRE, DEA purchases all the solar […]

More industries using electricity in innovative ways

Electricity has evolved from its humble beginnings as a tool used to create light in a dark room to now serving as the backbone for many industries that have discovered how to use it in increasingly innovative ways. It’s used by breweries to keep a consistent temperature on their batches of beer; by pork farms […]

Week of Service brings employees, communities together

Employees proudly represented Great River Energy at several nonprofit organizations June 17-20 as part of the cooperative’s third-annual Week of Service. The volunteer event had employees rolling up their sleeves and lending a hand in Minnesota and North Dakota communities. Volunteers in Minnesota cleaned the visitor center and weeded gardens at the historic Oliver Kelley […]

Co-ops weigh in at Senate clean energy panel

Eric Olsen, Great River Energy’s vice president and general counsel, was invited to Capitol Hill by the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis to participate in a meeting with other electric utility leaders to discuss the challenges they face in transitioning toward cleaner energy resources. The meeting, chaired by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), […]