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Goodhue County Coop News

Peak Alert

We are planning to dispatch load control again on Monday, January 20th for a potential January billing peak. The state will experience below zero temperatures again throughout the day and into the evening on Monday. Interruptible C&I programs are not expected to be included, however this may change in response to any unexpected changes in market conditions, but it is very unlikely.



Proposed Bylaw change(s) for 2020


The board of directors has elected to present the following bylaw change at our Annual Meeting in March:  Strike the sentence from Article III, Section 3.02-E-1 as shown below and allow a director representing a non-natural person (business, farm, LLC, etc.) to live outside the district in which the entity they represent is permanently located.


SECTION 3.02 Director Qualifications. Any Director or Director
candidate must comply with the following Director qualifications:
A. Be a natural person.
B. Have a capacity to enter legally binding contracts.
C. While a Director, and during the five (5) years immediately prior
to becoming a Director, not be nor have been convicted or pled
guilty to a felony.
D. During the three (3) years immediately prior to becoming a
Director shall not have been an employee or agent of the
E. While a Director, and during the one (1) year immediately prior
to becoming a Director, a Director or Director candidate must be
a Member in good standing and:
1. Permanently reside in the Director district from which
elected or chosen and use, receive, or purchase electric
service at the Director’s primary residence or place of
business, or
Be duly authorized by a non-natural person Member that is
permanently located in the Director district from which the
Director is elected or chosen. The Director or Director
candidate authorized by the non-natural person shall also
reside within the Director district from which the Director
is elected or chosen.
No non-natural person Member may
authorize more than one (1) Director or Director candidate
and no more than two (2) Directors who represent non-natural
person Members may serve on the Board at the same
2. Not be a close relative of any existing Director, other
than an existing Director who will cease being a Director
at the time of the next Director election.
3. Not be a close relative of an existing non-director
Cooperative Officer, employee, agent or representative.
4. Not be employed by, materially affiliated with, or have a
material financial interest with any other Director.
5. Not be engaged in, nor employed by, materially affiliated
with, or have a material financial interest in any
individual or entity that directly or substantially
competes with the Cooperative, selling goods or services in
substantial quantity to the Cooperative or Members, or
possessing a substantial conflict of interest with the


Co-ops launch one-stop shop for EV chargers

August 14, 2019

The easiest way to help consumers transition from traditional gasoline vehicles to an electric vehicle (EV) is by making the process as simple as possible.

Great River Energy and its participating member-owner cooperatives are doing their part by creating a one-stop shop for member-consumers to purchase and install an EV charging station in their garage.

Electric vehicle owners can choose between three models of Level 2 chargers through the online Energy Wise MN Store.

The EVSE One-Stop Shop launched through the Energy Wise MN online store, offering a discounted price for equipment at the time of purchase on a first-come, first-served basis for 200 consumer-members. EVSE, or electric vehicle supply equipment, is the necessary infrastructure to charge an electric vehicle at home.

Shoppers can choose between three models of Level 2 EV chargers manufactured by ZEF Energy. Each of the chargers work with all plug-in vehicles and meet automaker standards to ensure a reliable charge every time.

“With this promotion we’re looking to alleviate the upfront cost barrier to purchasing and installing a charger while also removing the guesswork on which charger is best, given how many are on the market,” said Tara Collins, member marketing strategist and program manager. “Great River Energy and our member-owners have worked with ZEF Energy on many projects over the years and we have confidence in their products.”

This promotion will also help Great River Energy and its member-owners collect a larger data set across their shared service territory to better define expected annual EV kilowatt-hour usage and daily load profile data from a variety of load control options.

Visit to view the available EVSE models and to see other current promotions available to consumer-members of participating cooperatives.





We're taking a bold step—doing something no energy provider has ever done.

We're offering you an opportunity to power your electric vehicle with 100% wind energy, for the lifetime of that vehicle, at no extra cost. You'll still have to pay for the energy you use, but you'll be able to do so knowing that when you go electric, you'll always be going green. Visit or click on the image of EEVIE above!





Register for Outage Texting!

Visit the Outage Center page (tab at the top) and click on the SIGN UP link to register your account and phone for outage texting!  You will be able to enter the word Outage along with a keyword and send it via text to 55050 to report an outage.  That's it.  No phone call to make, just a simple message and dispatch will be alerted.  Make sure you read the instructions (along the left hand side) while you are signing up.  You need to register your account number, phone number, and a keyword (such as 'home' or 'farm') in order for the feature to work properly.

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