Great River Energy: Member of the Month

  • November 6, 2018
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  • Mary Jo Roth

Environmental Initiative’s vision of a healthy environment, prosperous economy, and equitable society aligns well with the principles that guide cooperative businesses such as Great River Energy. What makes Environmental Initiative unique is the way it pursues this vision.

By bringing together people and organizations with differing viewpoints, Environmental Initiative is improving Minnesota for everyone. As a Great River Energy employee and a long-time personal member of Environmental Initiative, I am proud to support this important work.

Great River Energy is a cooperative that is owned and governed by our customers (we call them “members”). Our members are number one; however we have found success by listening to and collaborating with other stakeholders, such as Environmental Initiative.

Today, we have a great story to tell. We have reduced our dependence on coal as a fuel source while increasing the efficiency and flexibility of our remaining coal-based power plants. As a result, our carbon dioxide emissions have dropped 27 percent since 2005.

We have made necessary transmission investments to open corridors to renewable energy. Strategic additions of renewables have helped us achieve Minnesota’s renewable energy standard of 25 percent renewable energy in 2017 — eight years ahead of the state requirement.

And, we aren’t stopping there. We are committed to supplying our member-owners with 50 percent renewable energy by 2030.

As electricity becomes a cleaner energy source, we believe that it is becoming a smarter choice — one that has applications that benefit consumers and the environment. As the grid becomes cleaner, electric vehicles do, too. The same is true for heat pumps, water heaters, and even factories that depend on efficient electric motors.

By fostering productive discussions and convening important groups such as the Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition, Environmental Initiative plays a vital role in improving Minnesota for future generations.


Each month, we feature information about one of our members on the Initiative blog and on our website. Contact Sacha Seymour-Anderson anytime at 612-334-3388 ext. 8108 to learn more about this membership benefit.