Great River Energy and its 28 distribution cooperatives in Minnesota and Wisconsin have launched a a first-of-its kind electric vehicle (EV) program that allows cooperative members to upgrade the electricity used to fuel their vehicles to wind energy.
Although renewables are already part of Great River Energy’s power portfolio, Great River Energy says the Revolt program provides a more direct connection between wind energy and the electric vehicle driver.
Source: Co-op powers EVs completely with wind – FierceEnergy
A smarter electrical grid is coming to rural Minnesota that may someday allow homeowners to power down air conditioners or space heaters through their smartphones.
That’s part of the promise of a new $5 million smart grid demonstration project that will be shared by Maple Grove-based Great River Energy, Pelican Rapids-based Lake Region Electric Cooperative and the Jordan-based Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative. Half the grant came from a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant and the rest from the participants.
via Great River Energy, two co-ops to test smart grid technologies | Finance & Commerce.
Convincing consumers to accept smart grid technology will not be an easy task, but it is vitally important if grid modernization is to achieve its full potential, according to participants who took part in a roundtable discussion hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Great River Energy.
One big obstacle is conveying the message to consumers that the success of the smart grid is tied to the performance of the grid overall, said Rolf Nordstrom, executive director of Great Plains Energy.
via Renew Grid: Consumer Ignorance Could Hinder Smart Grid Progress.
Great River Energy and two of its member cooperatives are partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy in a $5 million smart-grid experiment that it hopes will allow homeowners to save money and utilities to operate more efficiently.
The four-year project involves everything from installing energy-management software at utility headquarters to using smart meters to connect water heaters in thousands of homes to the Internet so they can get electricity when it’s cheapest, during the day.
via Great River Energy launches smart-grid pilot – TwinCities.com.