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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.

Electric Cooperatives Adjust Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

As Americans reduce direct contact with one another to slow the spread of the coronavirus, generation and transmission cooperatives are working to keep electricity flowing to homes, businesses and institutions. For example, Great River Energy is giving the majority of its administrative staff the option of working remotely and has reduced staffing in its facilities to essential minimum...

Minnesota Coops Participate in Indoor Food Production Research Initiative

Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative (“TWEC”), a distribution electric cooperative in Minnesota, and Great River Energy, TWEC’s generation and transmission electric cooperative in Minnesota, are each collaborating with the Electricity Power Research Institute on a two-year study to provide valuable data on the electric load requirements for indoor food production containers. As part of...

GRE Enters Into Wind PPA

Great River Energy (GRE) has entered into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC for a new 109 megawatt wind project to be built in Lincoln County, Minnesota.

GRE Issues Solar and Storage Request for Proposal

Great River Energy (GRE), a Minnesota-based electric cooperative, has issued a request for proposal seeking up to 10 MW of solar PV generation resources to be located on multiple sites and interconnected to the Dakota Electric Association distribution system. GRE is also seeking up to 10 MW/20 MWh of energy storage systems, configured for PV-only charging, co-located with the solar PV...

Minnesota Coop Continues Program for Electric Vehicles

Great River Energy has announced plans to continue a program designed to allow cooperative members to fuel electric vehicles with wind energy.

Rural Cooperatives Shift Toward Cleaner Power Generation Mix

Low gas prices, the federal production tax credit and state renewables mandates are leading to a cleaner power generation mix for rural cooperatives. Specifically, wind power, natural gas and related technology innovation are dominating growth of cooperatives’ energy generation. According to the American Wind Energy Association, electric cooperatives added more than 900 MW of new wind...

GRE to Test Carbon Capture Technologies

Great River Energy (GRE), a regional power cooperative, is seeking funding for carbon capture research. The funding would support a project at its Spiritwood Station that seeks to use fly ash to capture carbon dioxide and a project that would inject flue gas into an onsite greenhouse at its Coal Creek Station.

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