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Great River Energy Announces Joint Solar Project with Dakota Electric Association

Great River Energy recently announced a joint solar project with Dakota Electric Association.  The 1-megawatt project will be constructed on five acres of land along Highway 61 in Marshan Township.  Once completed, it will provide enough electricity to serve approximately 150 residential...

Great River Energy and WH Launch Dickinson Solar Project

The Dickinson Solar Project constructed by Great River Energy and Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association (WH) is now operational and will generate 2.25 MW of solar energy for the members of WH.  The project is the second largest solar installation in Minnesota and the largest solar array owned by Minnesota cooperatives.  The Project was constructed on a 13-acre site owned by...

GRE to Retire North Dakota Coal Plant

Minnesota generation and transmission cooperative Great River Energy (GRE) has decided to retire its Stanton Station, a coal plant located near Bismarck, North Dakota.  The 189-megawatt plan served GRE’s customers in Minnesota.

Great River Energy and NRECA Co-Sponsor Research Regarding Underutilized Energy Storage Resources

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and Great River Energy co-sponsored a research study that showed that residential electric water heaters can serve as energy storage for wind or solar power, increasing efficiency, better integrating renewable energy and saving customers money.  The large capacity water heaters can be enabled to make immediate use of wind or...

Great River Energy Announces 2.25-MW Minnesota Solar Project

Great River Energy announced its largest solar project yet with the Dickinson Solar Project (“Project”), a 2.25-MW solar array six miles east of Buffalo, Minnesota.  The Project will serve customers of Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association and responds to members’ interests in more renewable energy as it will replace electricity now generate by fossil...

Great River Energy and Other Cooperatives Join Grid Stability Research Project

Great River Energy and other cooperatives in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) are researching ways to increase grid flexibility in order to integrate more intermittent distributed renewable energy resources. NRECA plans to create a water heater controller and a smart circuit breaker capable of controlling plug-in appliances with the hope of making load...

Great River Supplies Heat and Steam to New North Dakota Biofuels Refinery

The Dakota Spirit AgEnergy plant receives its heat and steam from Great River Energy’s (Great River) Spiritwood Station coal plant.  Spiritwood Station is fueled with refined lignite from Great River’s Coal Creek station 150 miles away.  Read more about Great River’s involvement with the Dakota plant...

New Coop-Owned Ethanol Refinery Fires Up

A new ethanol refinery, in which Minnesota-based Great River Energy (GRE) owns a majority stake, recently reached commercial operation.  The refinery is located adjacent to a GRE-owned coal-fired power plant.  Steam from the coal plant is used to power the refinery.  Click here for...

Great River Energy Offers Electric Vehicle Users 100% Wind Charge at No Extra Expense

In June Minnesota-based generation and transmission cooperative Great River Energy (GRE) and its members rolled out their new “Revolt” program, which allows electric vehicle (EV) users to charge their vehicles using 100 percent wind energy at no extra expense.  Consumers pay standard rates to charge their cars, and GRE retires renewable energy credits to cover every kilowatt-hour of...

G&T Cooperatives Join DOE Grid Study

The Department of Energy (DOE) has invited two generation and transmission cooperatives, Great River Energy and Hoosier Energy, to join 15 other electric utilities in the Partnership for Energy Sector Climate Resilience to help strengthen the grid against extreme weather and impacts from climate change.  Read more about the Partnership’s goals...

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