Making electricity

A diverse mix of generation resources

We own 12 power plants that generate more than 2,800 megawatts of electricity and several solar arrays capable of producing 650 kilowatts. In addition, we purchase wind and hydroelectric energy.

*Our Energy Sources

Oil fueled 0.02 percent of Great River Energy’s electricity in 2014.

This information is specific to Great River Energy and not any individual member cooperative.

Power plants

Where It all comes from

Our 12 power plants generate more than 2,800 megawatts of electricity using a variety of different sources, including coal, natural gas and biomass.


Using renewable resources to make electricity

Our generation portfolio includes environmentally sound renewable energy sources like solar, wind, biomass and hydropower. Under Minnesota’s Renewable Energy Standard we are required to produce 25 percent of our electricity using renewable energy sources by the year 2025. We currently meet or exceed those requirements.

Distributed generation

Consumer-based electric generation

Distributed generation is small-scale electric generation that is connected to, or located near, homes or businesses for the purpose of serving local power needs. Renewable systems, like small solar or small wind, are often used for distributed generation. Standardized rules are in place for all utilities to ensure safety, reliability and fair costs for these small-scale power producers and utility customers.

Future plans

Our Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is a proposal to reliably and safely meet our member-owner cooperatives’ energy needs in a cost-effective and environmentally responsible way for the next 15 years. The plan also analyzes the future electricity needs of our members, which we are well positioned to meet.

Combined Heat & Power

Combined Heat & Power Information

Some information about Combined Heat & Power.