Making electricity

A diverse mix of generation resources

Our power plants generate more than 2,800 megawatts of electricity and several solar arrays are capable of producing 650 kilowatts. In addition, we purchase wind and hydroelectric energy.   

Power plants

Where it all comes from

Our power plants use coal and natural gas to generate electricity for our member-owner cooperatives. And, our combined heat & power plant produces more than electricity. Click on the Combined Heat/Power tab above to learn more!


Using renewable resources to make electricity

Our generation portfolio includes environmentally sound renewable energy sources like solar, wind and hydropower. Great River Energy met Minnesota’s renewable energy standard of 25 percent renewable energy in 2017 – eight years ahead of the requirement. Now, we're committed to supply our member-owner cooperatives with energy that is 50 percent from renewable resources by 2030.

Distributed generation

Consumer-based electric generation

Distributed generation is small-scale electric generation that is connected to, or located near, homes or businesses for the purpose of serving local power needs. Renewable systems, like small solar or small wind, are often used for distributed generation. Standardized rules are in place for all utilities to ensure safety, reliability and fair costs for these small-scale power producers and utility customers.

Future plans

Our Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is a proposal to reliably and safely meet our member-owner cooperatives’ energy needs in a cost-effective and environmentally responsible way for the next 15 years. The plan also analyzes the future electricity needs of our members, which we are well positioned to meet.

Combined heat/power

Providing more than electricity

Combined heat and power plants are highly energy efficient because they generate two primary products – electricity and steam.