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2019 outlook: lower rates, cash back

As a member of a cooperative, you get a voice, a vote and occasionally some money back. When members pay their electric bills, they become part owners of the business. When business is good, members get a return on that investment. The same principles apply to Great River Energy, which is a cooperative owned by […]

Great River Energy & Beneficial Electrification League announce – Electrify Minnesota!  The Future Is Electric!

Great River Energy and Beneficial Electrification League (BEL) announce Electrify Minnesota!  The Future Is Electric! – a one-day meeting at Great River Energy on Nov. 28, specifically intended to promote the broad market acceptance of Beneficial Electrification (BE) concepts, policies, practices, technologies and business models.  BEL defines Beneficial Electrification in this way: the application of […]

Integrated resource plan accepted by PUC

Great River Energy’s plans for its generation portfolio gained important support on Oct. 25 when the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) accepted its integrated resource plan. The April 28, 2017, filing detailed Great River Energy’s plans to reliably and cost-effectively meet its member-owner cooperatives’ energy needs for the next 15 years. By accepting the plan, […]

Florence recovery: Co-op power restoration means all hands on deck

For electric co-ops in the path of Hurricane Florence, the process of restoring power to hundreds of thousands of consumer-members was the ultimate team effort. While the flashing lights of bucket trucks and digger-derricks along wet roads are hard to miss, every lineworker and tree trimmer working in the mud and muck to remove debris […]

Stanton Station safely imploded

After more than a year spent dismantling, recycling and disposing of equipment and materials at Stanton Station, the structure of the retired power plant was imploded on Oct. 11. “This was a solemn, historic event for Great River Energy,” said Great River Energy Vice President and Chief Generation Officer Rick Lancaster. “For more than 50 years, […]

Sparking an interest in energy careers

Students and community members learned about electrifying careers on Oct. 11 at Great River Energy’s Elk River campus as part of a career expo event. Employees from relaying, telecommunications, information technology, substation apparatus, system operations and more participated in the event. Anoka Technical College, Dakota County Technical College and Metropolitan State College also sent representatives […]

Severe storms cause major damage, outages

A line of severe thunderstorms damaged several Great River Energy, Xcel Energy and ITC transmission lines in the Faribault and Owatonna, Minn., areas in late September, causing widespread outages. Two Great River Energy transmission lines were affected by the storm, which damaged 20 structures along the Valley Grove tap 69-kilovolt transmission line. Great River Energy, […]

Priti Patel elected to North Central Electrical League

Great River Energy’s Vice President and Chief Transmission Officer Priti Patel was recently elected to the North Central Electrical League’s board of directors in August. The North Central Electrical League discusses current trends and issues facing the Upper Midwest electrical industry. “NCEL is an association focused on the Midwestern states and brings together members from […]

Member Moment: East Central Energy

It’s true what they say: If you’ve visited one co-op, you’ve visited one co-op. And Great River Energy is no exception with 28 member-owner cooperatives serving 60 percent of Minnesota – a varying landscape of rural farmland to industrial parks to suburban neighborhoods. Each co-op has a unique story, from its history to its membership […]

Reaffirming a 20-year commitment to environmental improvement

To serve electricity to nearly 700,000 members, it takes a lot of people, equipment and a long list of materials, fuels, lubricants and chemicals – just to name a few things. And those items must be handled properly to keep employees and the environment safe. Great River Energy recently renewed its commitment to ISO 14001 […]