Media: Electric cooperatives fuel innovation nationwide and in Minnesota (Finance & Commerce)

May 4, 2017

From Finance & Commerce
Sponsored article by Great River Energy

...Today, electric cooperatives serve more than three-quarters of the nation’s landmass, but just 13 percent of the country’s electricity customers. They are primarily located in rural areas and outer-ring suburbs. Their community role is expanding, and electric cooperative are more innovative than ever.

Energy innovation here at home

Much of the innovation in electric energy is happening right here in Minnesota, and it was the focus of an energy policy forum hosted by the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, Minn.

“Innovation is essential in the face of rapid change, and no one knows this better than Minnesota’s rural cooperative electric utilities,” according to forum sponsors.

In fact, rural electric cooperatives themselves were an innovation when they were created almost a century ago to help ensure that electricity’s benefits were available to the farm communities of rural Minnesota, said CEE’s Mike Bull during the forum...

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Related Links
Video: Energy Policy Forum: Electric Co-ops Lead Minnesota Innovation
White Paper: Minnesota's Electric Cooperatives: Laboratories of Utility Innovation