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A major provider of wholesale electricity to Lake Region Electric Cooperative, Great River Energy (GRE), recently announced plans to phase out the use of coal in coming years. The power portfolio changes are expected to reduce power supply costs to its 28 member electric distribution cooperatives that own GRE. “We are building a power supply portfolio that will serve our member-owner cooperatives for decades,” said Dave Saggau, GRE’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are taking advantage of cost-competitive renewables and reliable access to market energy while fostering innovation as the technology of our industry evolves.” GRE is one of the largest generation and transmission (G&T) cooperatives in the nation. By the end of 2023, the energy produced by GRE will be more than 95% carbon dioxide free, essentially eliminating its carbon footprint. This is a continuation of a path that GRE has been on for the past few years.