Carole Schmidt

At Great River Energy, Minnesota’s second-largest electric wholesale supplier, Schmidt manages permit applications for transmission line and associated facilities construction and ensures regulatory compliance. The not-for-profit member-owned cooperative transmits electricity to 28 distribution cooperatives, serving more than 620,000 customers. Schmidt works with the public, natural resource agency staff and regulators to advance projects that avoid or minimize impacts to human and environmental resources.  She “love[s] working for a progressive, well-rounded company that actually walks the talk,” with a strong environmental policy that emphasizes conservation, compliance, a commitment to continual improvement and community focus.