Great River Energy sets renewable energy goal
Fifty percent of the electricity we distribute to members will come from renewable resources by 2030 under a company goal set by our wholesale power supplier, Great River Energy (GRE).
“Our members value renewable energy and are eager to have more of it included in their power supply,” said ECE President/CEO Steve Shurts. “With its commitment to renewable energy, GRE is helping us respond to our members and to the changing energy market.”
GRE has already met Minnesota’s 25 percent renewable energy standard eight years ahead of requirements. Its renewable portfolio currently includes 468 megawatts (MW) of wind energy, 200 MW of hydropower, 4 MW of solar and 30 MW of biomass. Plans have been announced for an additional 300 MW of favorably-priced wind energy by 2020.
In addition to adding more renewable resources to its power supply, GRE has taken steps to reduce emissions at its coal-based power plant, Coal Creek Station. Sulfur dioxide and mercury have been reduced by up to 40 percent, nitrogen oxide by 20 percent and carbon dioxide by four percent in recent years.