Great River Energy
|Headquarters||12300 Elm Creek Blvd.|
Osseo, MN 55369
|Key people||David Saggau, CEO|
|Industry||Electric Producer and Distributor|
|Revenue||$775.8 million (2007)|
|Net income||▲ $36.5 million (2007)|
Great River Energy is the second largest electric company in the U.S. state of Minnesota, behind Xcel Energy. Located in Maple Grove, Minnesota, Great River Energy provides electricity to 28 member cooperatives throughout Minnesota. The company moved to its new headquarters in April 2008, a building which is expected to be certified as LEED Platinum in late 2008.
Out of its total 2,576 megawatts (MW) of electric generating capacity in 2005 (0.24% of the U.S. total), Great River Energy produces 54.4% from coal, 38.7% from natural gas, 5.4% from oil, and 1.5% from biomass. Great River Energy owns power plants in Minnesota and North Dakota.
Great River Energy is a member of the American Coal Ash Association (ACAA), an umbrella lobbying group for all coal ash interests that includes major coal burners Duke Energy, Southern Company and American Electric Power as well as dozens of other companies. The group argues that the so-called "beneficial-use industry" would be eliminated if a "hazardous" designation was given for coal ash waste.
Existing coal-fired power plants
|Plant Name||State||County||Year(s) Built||Capacity||2007 CO2 Emissions||2006 SO2 Emissions|
|Coal Creek||ND||McLean||1979, 1980||1210 MW||10,600,000 tons||32,084 tons|
|Stanton||ND||Mercer||1967||190 MW||1,671,000 tons||7,815 tons|
In 2006, Great River Energy's 2 coal-fired power plants emitted 12.3 million tons of CO2 and 40,000 tons of SO2.
Proposed Coal Plants
Great River's Coal Creek Plant eighth in 2009 mercury emissions
The 2011 Environmental Defense Fund report, "Mercury Alert: Cleaning up Coal Plants for Healthier Lives" found that 25 plants alone are responsible for nearly a third of all mercury emissions in the power sector, while providing only eight percent of U.S. electricity. The findings are based on 2009 U.S. Department of Energy data. The plant with the eighth highest mercury emissions was Coal Creek Station, releasing 862 lbs in 2009.
Articles and Resources
- 2007 Great River Energy Financial Highlights, Great River Energy website, accessed July 2008.
- Existing Electric Generating Units in the United States, 2005, Energy Information Administration, accessed April 2008.
- Coal-Fired Utilities to American Public: Kiss my Ash DeSmogBlog.com & PolluterWatch, October 27, 2010.
- Environmental Integrity Project, Dirty Kilowatts: America’s Most Polluting Power Plants, July 2007.
- Dig Deeper, Carbon Monitoring for Action database, accessed June 2008.
- "Mercury Alert: Cleaning up Coal Plants for Healthier Lives" Environmental Defense Fund report, March 2011.