Great River Energy Celebrates Earth Day

Apr 19, 2001, 01:00 ET from Great River Energy

    ELK RIVER, Minn., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- This weekend, millions of
 people in more than 180 countries will celebrate Earth Day.  As part of its
 celebration of Earth Day 2001, Great River Energy will help sponsor the fourth
 annual Earth Day 5K on Saturday, April 21, at the Como Zoo and Conservatory.
 More than 1,500 runners and walkers are expected to participate in the event.
     The Earth Day 5K racecourse will begin and end at Como Zoo, starting at
 9 a.m.  A 1K Kid's Fun Run will precede the race, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
 Proceeds from this event will benefit Como Zoo and Conservatory.  For more
 information, call 651-645-1014.
     And coincident with Earth Day, Great River Energy announced plans to
 significantly expand its renewable energy portfolio by adding 21 megawatts of
 new wind generation, making it the largest voluntary wind project in the
 region.  In addition, Great River Energy is expanding its popular Wellspring
 Renewable Energy Program with an additional 4 megawatts of wind energy to be
 constructed near the existing Chandler Hills Wind Farm in southwestern
 Minnesota.  Through the program, customers may choose to buy additional wind
 energy in 100-kWh blocks for a nominal monthly fee.
     "At Great River Energy, we insist that our operations be safe, ethical and
 environmentally responsible," says Mary Jo Roth, Great River Energy's manager
 of environmental services.  "That goal has become one of the value statements
 supporting our corporate mission to provide customers with reliable,
 competitively priced electricity.  At Great River Energy, we want to make sure
 every day is Earth Day."
     As part of its ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship, Great
 River Energy is supporting efforts to protect the American bald eagle and the
 Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland, Minn., which provides
 hands-on environmental education for elementary and high school students.
     Last year, Great River Energy gave $1,000 to the University of Minnesota's
 Raptor Center to rehabilitate an injured bird.  During the next two years
 Great River Energy will donate another $10,000 to buy a solar transmitter for
 the center's eagle tracking program.  By attaching transmitters to the eagle,
 researchers hope to learn the sources of lead contamination that often poison
 these majestic birds.  Great River Energy and its member Cooperative Light &
 Power of Two Harbors, Minn., together are donating $30,000 over a three-year
 period to help fund a special classroom dedicated to energy education at the
 Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center.
     "We're always looking for ways to protect human health, the environment
 and wildlife, so these partnerships seem like a perfect fit with our core
 values," adds Roth.
     You can read more about Great River Energy's environmental stewardship
 efforts by visiting http://www.GreatRiverEnergy.com or requesting a copy of
 Great River Energy's 2000 Environmental Performance Report.
     Headquartered in Elk River, Minn., Great River Energy is a consumer-owned
 generation and transmission cooperative and Minnesota's second largest utility
 in terms of generating capacity.  Great River Energy provides low-cost
 electrical energy and related services to its 29 member distribution
 cooperatives in Minnesota and Wisconsin.  It is a Touchstone Energy(R)
 cooperative.
 
 

SOURCE Great River Energy
    ELK RIVER, Minn., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- This weekend, millions of
 people in more than 180 countries will celebrate Earth Day.  As part of its
 celebration of Earth Day 2001, Great River Energy will help sponsor the fourth
 annual Earth Day 5K on Saturday, April 21, at the Como Zoo and Conservatory.
 More than 1,500 runners and walkers are expected to participate in the event.
     The Earth Day 5K racecourse will begin and end at Como Zoo, starting at
 9 a.m.  A 1K Kid's Fun Run will precede the race, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
 Proceeds from this event will benefit Como Zoo and Conservatory.  For more
 information, call 651-645-1014.
     And coincident with Earth Day, Great River Energy announced plans to
 significantly expand its renewable energy portfolio by adding 21 megawatts of
 new wind generation, making it the largest voluntary wind project in the
 region.  In addition, Great River Energy is expanding its popular Wellspring
 Renewable Energy Program with an additional 4 megawatts of wind energy to be
 constructed near the existing Chandler Hills Wind Farm in southwestern
 Minnesota.  Through the program, customers may choose to buy additional wind
 energy in 100-kWh blocks for a nominal monthly fee.
     "At Great River Energy, we insist that our operations be safe, ethical and
 environmentally responsible," says Mary Jo Roth, Great River Energy's manager
 of environmental services.  "That goal has become one of the value statements
 supporting our corporate mission to provide customers with reliable,
 competitively priced electricity.  At Great River Energy, we want to make sure
 every day is Earth Day."
     As part of its ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship, Great
 River Energy is supporting efforts to protect the American bald eagle and the
 Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland, Minn., which provides
 hands-on environmental education for elementary and high school students.
     Last year, Great River Energy gave $1,000 to the University of Minnesota's
 Raptor Center to rehabilitate an injured bird.  During the next two years
 Great River Energy will donate another $10,000 to buy a solar transmitter for
 the center's eagle tracking program.  By attaching transmitters to the eagle,
 researchers hope to learn the sources of lead contamination that often poison
 these majestic birds.  Great River Energy and its member Cooperative Light &
 Power of Two Harbors, Minn., together are donating $30,000 over a three-year
 period to help fund a special classroom dedicated to energy education at the
 Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center.
     "We're always looking for ways to protect human health, the environment
 and wildlife, so these partnerships seem like a perfect fit with our core
 values," adds Roth.
     You can read more about Great River Energy's environmental stewardship
 efforts by visiting http://www.GreatRiverEnergy.com or requesting a copy of
 Great River Energy's 2000 Environmental Performance Report.
     Headquartered in Elk River, Minn., Great River Energy is a consumer-owned
 generation and transmission cooperative and Minnesota's second largest utility
 in terms of generating capacity.  Great River Energy provides low-cost
 electrical energy and related services to its 29 member distribution
 cooperatives in Minnesota and Wisconsin.  It is a Touchstone Energy(R)
 cooperative.
 
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