Using renewable resources to make electricity
Our generation portfolio includes environmentally sound renewable energy sources: wind energy, refuse-derived fuel and hydropower.
Great River Energy (GRETM) is looking at ways to further diversify its energy portfolio by exploring biomass, fuel cells, clean coal and other technologies as they become available, and we are developing a solar installation.
Under Minnesota’s Renewable Energy Standard we are required to produce 25 percent of our electricity using renewable energy sources by the year 2025. GRE currently meets or exceeds state renewable energy requirements.
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Wellspring Renewable Energy Program
This program, offered by Great River Energy and our member cooperatives, allows cooperative members to buy additional wind energy for a nominal monthly fee.Learn more »
Biomass, a renewable energy source, is biological material derived from living, or recently living organisms, such as wood, waste, (hydrogen) gas and alcohol fuels. In Minnesota waste-to-energy power plants, such as Great River Energy’s Elk River Energy Recovery Station, are considered biomass plants.Learn more »
Anaerobic digesters at Minnesota dairy farms supply us with renewable energy.Learn more »
One of Great River Energy’s oldest sources of generation is hydropower from Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) dams. Currently, 100 MW (summer rating) of hydropower for our member cooperatives comes from WAPA.Learn more »
Solar power initiatives
Great River Energy will install solar panels next to its headquarters facility in Maple Grove, Minnesota, in 2014 and throughout the organization’s service area through 2015.Learn more »