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Goodhue County Coop News




A central air conditioner will cool and dehumidify your home, but that is all it will do.  There is a better option in most situations:  an air-source heat pump (ASHP).  An ASHP will cool and dehumidify a home and will also supply about 50% of a home's heating needs.  It can be used 9 - 10 months of the year!  The initial invesment for an ASHP is greater than that for central air conditioning, but the payback will be just a few years due to the efficiency of the heat pump.  The ASHP has an operational efficiency between 200 - 300%.  So technically, for every 1 watt of input, there are 2 - 3 watts of output.  We also offer rebates on Energy-Star rated heat pumps.  For more information contact our Energy Services Manager Ross Matthees at 800-927-6864!


National Lineman Appreciation Day

April 10, 2017

Your Cooperative would like to take this opportunity to say "Thank You!" to our lineman for all that they do to ensure safe and reliable electricity to all of our members.  We hope you'll take the time to do the same and show your appreciation for their hard work and dedication.

Pictured Above (L-R): Kendall Bigalk, Lars Olson, Kyle Lodermeier, Tim Krohn (Line Superintendent), Kevin Graham (Mechanic), Al Jantzen, Jared Zillgitt, Jim Moen,  Larry Lohman (Warehouse), Doug Borgschatz (retiring Line Superintendent).  Back Row: Ryne McNamara and Josh Mehrkens.

Attention: Your Cooperative will have a third party traveling our system making some firmware updates to our metering system. You may see a vehicle parked along the roadway near your home for an hour or more. The vehicle will have a GCCEA door magnet as identification. This will not effect your power in any way. Thank You!


Thank you to all who attended the 80th Annual Meeting!

Annual Meeting Highlights


The 80th annual meeting of Goodhue County Cooperative Electric Association was held at the Zumbrota/Mazeppa High School on Saturday March 18th


General Manager Douglas Fingerson reflected back on his forty years with the Cooperative and the Cooperative’s 80 years of existence.   The Cooperative’s first meter was installed on August 20th 1938.  We have gone from 325 miles of line to 1,314 miles and from 800 members in 1940 to 5050 services today. 


The Cooperative is in the process of installing a new metering system.  Our current system is no longer supported and is eighteen years old.  There will also be a $4.00 increase in the monthly cost of service effective April 1st, going from $24.00 a month to $28.00 a month for general single-phase service. 


Doug also touched on legislative issues affecting the Cooperative.   There was proposed legislation, House File 234, retaining local control for the cooperatives.  It has since passed both the house and senate but was vetoed by the governor.   We feel we have a board of directors that set policy and there is no need for duplication of the regulatory process at the PUC. 


There have been four general managers at GCCEA.  George Bleeker from 1937 to 1949, Cecil Holsing from 1949 to 1981, Lloyd Steege from 1981 to 1991 and then Doug from 1991 to 2017.  Doug will be retiring in July.  He stated he is very appreciative of the opportunity he was given to serve as general manager.  He also said he owes a lot to former manager Cecil Holsing.  When Doug was looking for a summer job the year before he graduated from college, he stopped and talked to Cecil who hired him for the summer.  Doug then finished his last year of college and came back to work at the Cooperative fulltime as staff engineer/power-use advisor. 


Kelly Hovel has been named the new general manager effective June 1, 2017. Kelly has been with the cooperative since 2008, serving as the systems coordinator.  Hovel earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and is originally from Zumbrota where he and his wife Kelly reside with their two children. 


Jon Brekke, Great River Energy VP of Membership and Energy Markets, reported on GRE. Stanton Station, a coal-fired generating plant located near Stanton North Dakota, will be retired by May of this year because it is no longer economical to operate.  Stanton Station was built in 1966 and used approximately 850,000 tons of coal annually. 


GRE is shifting its energy sources from plant investment to purchased power contracts and wind continues to play a big part of GRE’s energy portfolio.    Jon also talked about the completion of the CapX2020 transmission projects, which will help ensure reliability and needed transmission capacity for the future. 


The election of directors was held and Paul Huneke and Ed Bauman were reelected to the board of directors.  Jim Dicke is the new director from the Vasa and Featherstone townships area.  Mary Lindahl retired after serving nine years on the board and we wish her the very best.  



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