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Minnesota Coop Seeks Approval of Transmission Project

Minnesota Power and Great River Energy are seeking regulatory approval of the Northland Reliability Project, a 180-mile high-voltage transmission line to bolster electric reliability throughout northern and central Minnesota. Subject to such approval, the companies expect construction to begin in 2027 and the line to be operational in 2030, with a total cost estimated between $970...

Minnesota Cooperative Increases Commitment to “Pollinator Strong” Pledge

Great River Energy (GRE) recently announced its plans to plant and restore 300 acres of pollinator-friendly habitat across current and future sites in addition to the 300 acres it has already restored. The move reflects GRE’s commitment to being a good steward of the environment while providing reliable energy to its members. In addition to environmental benefits, pollinator habitats...


Cooperatives Great River Energy and Connexus Energy have entered into a new customer arrangement that will allow Connexus Energy to secure more of its own power supply resources with minimal impact on Great River Energy’s member-owned cooperatives.

Great River Energy to Build Transmission Line to Bolster Reliability

Great River Energy, in partnership with Minnesota Power – a division of ALLETE Inc., announced its intent to build an approximately 150-mile, double-circuit 345-kV transmission line from northern Minnesota to central Minnesota that will support grid reliability in the Upper Midwest.

Great River Energy Completes Sale of Coal Creek Station

Rainbow Energy Center, LLC has purchased Coal Creek Station, a coal-fired power plant, from Great River Energy. The sale will preserve jobs at the plant, and the new ownership has stated its commitment to carbon capture objectives.

Minnesota Coops Emerge as Leaders in Clean Energy Innovation

Great River Energy and Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative are among several Minnesota electric cooperatives that have recently launched pilot programs in smart meter installations, time-based pricing pilots and experimental storage solutions.

Great River Energy Finds Buyer for Coal Creek Station

The search for a new owner for Coal Creek Station is over, as a Bismarck-based company has reached a deal with operator Great River Energy to purchase the power plant. Affiliates of Rainbow Energy Marketing Corp. will acquire the McLean County, North Dakota plant and its transmission line for an undisclosed price.

Entities Consider Purchase of Coal Creek Plant, with Sustainable Enhancements

At least two entities are considering purchasing Great River Energy’s 1,147-MW Coal Creek plant, which was slated for retirement in the second half of 2022. The purchasers are considering operating the plant with enhancements such as carbon capture and storage technologies and building energy storage and wind generation in the area.

Coop to Test Emerging Battery Technology

Great River Energy recently announced it will test a novel “aqueous air battery system,” a 1 MW grid-connected battery with 150 MWh of continuous energy capability. If successful, the battery could provide a viable option for coops seeking to increase their share of renewable energy without sacrificing reliability.

Great River Energy to End North Dakota Coal Plant Operations

Minnesota’s Great River Energy says it will shut down a large coal-fired power plant in North Dakota and replace it primarily with wind energy. The cooperative expects decommissioning of the Coal Creek power plant to begin in the second half of 2022 and take about three years to complete.

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