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Ensuring the Electric Grid Can Bounce Back Quickly

By Great River Energy While temperatures are dropping and snow is starting to fall now, Great River Energy has already taken steps to prepare for whatever impacts this weather may bring. “Resilience” has become a common focus for electric cooperatives and utilities...

The power of Minnesota’s electric co-ops: By members, for members

If you’ve ever traveled up north, visited a cabin or farm, gone camping or otherwise left town, there is a good chance you ventured into the parts of Minnesota served by electric cooperatives. Among the seven principles that guide all co-ops is “concern for...

It’s a Matter of (Co-op!) Principles Part 2

You may recall that last month, we touched on the first three Cooperative Principles, so this month, we’d like to tell you about the remaining four. The Cooperative Principles are essential to the co-op business model and benefit all members of the co-op. Autonomy and...

It’s a Matter of (Co-op!) Principles

ACE Hardware, State Farm, REI, Land O’Lakes and Meeker Cooperative Light & Power Association all share something in common: we’re all cooperatives. We may be in different industries, but we all share a passion for serving our members and helping our communities to...
Prune Drying Brings in the Electric

Prune Drying Brings in the Electric

At the turn of the twentieth-century, in Douglas County, Oregon, prunes were a big part of their local economy. Drying prunes took time and resources, but in the late 1930's, rural electrification spurred the way for shorter drying times and less wood-burning...

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Utilities Partner to Keep Your Lights On

Utilities Partner to Keep Your Lights On

We have all come to expect the highest level of reliability when it comes to flipping on a light switch, morning, noon or night. The electric grid that provides us all with that reliable source of power is a complex system of interconnected power lines and substations...

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Monitoring the Line for Reliability

Monitoring the Line for Reliability

Electric co-ops use a variety of monitoring and automation technologies that improve power reliability, shorten outage times and reduce labor time for crews. Here are four technologies used to improve reliability. Power SensorsPower sensors typically clamp on or...

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