Our Power Sources


Great River Energy

As an electric distribution cooperative, Todd-Wadena purchases more than 85 percent of its wholesale power from Great River Energy (GRE), a generation and transmission cooperative headquartered in Elk River, Minnesota.Thorson and SaggauSM


Mike Thorson (right), Chairman of Todd-Wadena’s board of directors, also represents Todd-Wadena on the Great River Energy board. Pictured with Mike is David Saggau, Great River Energy President/CEO. 


A diverse mix of generation resources

Great River Energy owns 12 power plants that generate more than 2,800 megawatts of electricity, plus additional power is purchased from several wind farms and other generating facilities. Read more about Great River Energy HERE.

Great River Energy’s generation primarily comes from:

  • Coal-based power plants in North Dakota
    Energy_ConversionGreat River Energy owns and operates two baseload generation coal plants in North Dakota. These plants serve as the backbone of Great River Energy’s generation system.
  • Natural gas-fired peaking plants
  • Refuse-derived Fuel (Biomass)
  • Wind energy
  • Purchased power
  • Hydropower
  • Distributed generation
  • Solar Power (Click HERE to see GRE’s Solar Output)

Western Area Power Administration

About 15 percent of Todd-Wadena’s power comes from the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), the hydroelectric system on the Missouri River.

Power Plant Basics