Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 20 NO. 5  -  May 2017

Sign up for the Elk River/Maple Grove Tour


We will be departing North Itasca Electric Cooperative’s office building on July 20 at 6 a.m. heading to Elk River, Minnesota, where we will tour Great River Energy’s (GRE) Elk River Resource Recovery Project. (Note: GRE is our generation and transmission provider.)

We will see how everyday garbage (RDF) is burned to create steam which rotates the turbines to generate electricity. Enough electricity is generated by this plant to power 25,000 homes each year. Accepting household waste from Anoka, Hennepin and Sherburne counties also helps minimize the amount of waste that would normally go into a landfill.

Then, we are off to the GRE headquarters building in Maple Grove, Minn. We will learn about the building’s construction and how it received an LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. The tour includes discussion and viewing of the mechanical systems such as the geothermal heat pump system to heat and cool the building, on-site wind generation, solar arrays mounted on the roof as well as on the ground in front of the building, and much more within the building.

After the GRE headquarters tour, we will be heading for the Holiday Inn in Otsego, Minn., but members can use the time before dinner to visit Cabela’s.

On Friday, we travel to Elk River Municipal Utilities’ (ERMU) Methane Gas Project north of Elk River. This project converts waste materials to methane gas which in turn creates fuel to produce electricity. The plant can supply 2,500 homes.

Then it is back to Bigfork, stopping for lunch along the way.

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