ISO registered facilities

Environmental management systems and ISO 14001 registrations

Great River Energy has developed and implemented environmental management systems (EMS) that cover operations at our power generation facilities and our entire transmission division.

An EMS is a system of:

  • Analyzing environmental aspects
  • Identifying regulatory requirements and procedures
  • Evaluating compliance
  • Focusing on continuous improvement

The benefits of an EMS include:

  • Standardized operational procedures
  • Consistent performance
  • Decreased risk of environmental harm
  • Non-compliance prevention to avoid civil or criminal penalties

Having an EMS is the foundation of our environmental compliance strategy. Maintaining an EMS helps the corporate Environmental Services Department coordinate Great River Energy’s operational and administrative functions into a system that is compliant with regulatory requirements.

Having an EMS registered to the ISO 14001 standard provides a structure and auditing system that helps to ensure environmental compliance and creates a culture of environmental compliance and awareness. To obtain ISO 14001 registration, an EMS must be evaluated through a series of audits. The audits are valuable tools for verifying compliance and showing continuous improvement.

We currently maintain ISO 14001 registrations for:

  • Coal Creek Station
  • Stanton Station
  • Minnesota Generation (includes operations at: Elk River Energy Recovery, Elk River Peaking, Lakefield Junction, Pleasant Valley, Cambridge, Rock Lake, Maple Lake, St. Bonifacius, and Arrowhead Emergency Generation)
  • Transmission Division (includes all transmission locations and operations)