East River Electric renovates Headquarters

East River Electric Power Cooperative made its home in the community of Madison, SD, more than 60 years ago. In 2009, the time came to start remodeling and expanding their home. The project is complete, and on Feb. 29, 2012, East River held a community open house to dedicate their newly renovated, modern, efficient headquarters.

In a news release, East River General Manager Jeff Nelson said, “With the completion of the headquarters building renovation, we are reaffirming our commitment to remain a part of this community for many years to come. The Madison community has long provided our cooperative and our work force with solid support and a great place to work and live.”

Jeff Nelson (left) and Jim Ryken cut the ribbon in front of the time capsule.During the celebration, a time capsule filled with items of historical significance since East River’s formation in 1950 was placed within the building. It is to be opened on the cooperative’s 100th anniversary in 2050.

Several energy efficient components have been featured in the construction, which has led East River to seek its first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certification. Efficient features include:

    • A water-to-air geothermal system for heating and cooling
    • Daylight harvesting to adjust light levels according to sunlight
    • Light shelves to bounce sunlight farther back into the workspaces
    • Room occupancy sensors that automatically turn lights on and off
    • A programmable heating and cooling control system

East River Board President Jim Ryken said that as cooperatives, there is pride in doing what’s best. “When we considered the building’s design, it was the right decision to emphasize energy efficient design features that our members promote to their retail members every day.”

Congratulations, East River, from your friends at Basin Electric!


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