Tucked away in the southwest portion of the state is Clements, Minnesota, home to approximately 115 residents and the headquarters location of Redwood Electric Cooperative (REC), one of Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives.
The co-op serves 4,450 members across its territory, including Highwater Ethanol, one of the region’s vital companies. Highwater Ethanol operates 365 days a year making ethanol and selling its biproducts, such as dried distillers grains (a popular feed ingredient for livestock and poultry), to local farmers.
In order to continue providing reliable, affordable electricity to its members, REC recently finished building its Walnut Grove substation and Great River Energy, its wholesale power provider, extended the transmission line that serves the substation. The co-op also looks forward to making a technology upgrade to its substations to better serve members.