Great River Energy is a not-for-profit electric cooperative owned by its member cooperatives. We generate and transmit electricity for those members, located in the outer-ring suburbs of the Twin Cities up to the Arrowhead region of Minnesota and down to the farmland region in the southwestern portion of the state.
Like other cooperatives, Great River Energy exists to serve its membership and is dedicated to helping the communities in which it operates. We are member-controlled and governed by a democratically elected board of directors who are electric cooperative members themselves. Board members establish rates and develop policies in the best interest of Great River Energy and its members.
Collectively, our member cooperatives serve more than 685,000 member-consumers — or about 1.7 million people. Great River Energy owns and operates 11 power plants, plus we purchase additional power from several wind farms and other generating facilities.
Great River Energy owns and operates nearly 4,800 miles of transmission line and owns or partly owns more than 100 transmission substations. Great River Energy’s more than 900 employees are dedicated to serving our member cooperatives with integrity and accountability in an environmentally sensitive manner. It’s the nature of being a cooperative.
About Cooperative Electricity
Cooperative electricity isn’t profit-driven, it’s people-driven. As an electric cooperative member-owner, you have a voice and a vote in how your electric provider serves you and your business. And because co-ops serve their member-owners, their relationship with their industrial and commercial members is vital. When you’re a cooperative member, you’re not just a number on a bill, you’re a member of a community.
Minnesota’s co-ops serve more than 70 percent of the state’s geography, providing affordable, reliable electric service.