Technological progress is making appliances and other electric devices more efficient. Advancements in power plant technology and renewable development will continue to reduce the environmental effect of the electric system. These two converging trends are making one thing very clear: electricity is a smart choice. As the electric system continues to become cleaner and more efficient, there is growing support for using electricity in new ways. Encouraging the smart use of electricity, or beneficial electrification, will improve the way cooperatives serve members.

Here are some ways Great River Energy and its member-owner cooperatives are promoting the beneficial use of electricity:

Community storage

Electric vehicles

Battery electric school bus

Energy efficiency


View our Beneficial Electrification fact sheet (PDF)