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Basin Electric Power Cooperative (Basin Electric) is one of the largest electric generation and transmission (G&T) cooperatives in the United States. We are the parent company of eight subsidiaries.

Corporate profile

  • A not-for-profit generation and transmission cooperative incorporated in 1961 to provide supplemental power to a consortium of rural electric cooperatives
  • Diverse energy portfolio: coal, gas, oil, nuclear, distributed, and renewable energy, including wind power
  • Consumer owned by 138 member cooperative systems
  • Members' service territories comprise 540,000 square miles in nine states
  • By end of year 2014 Basin Electric will operate 4,913 megawatts (MW) of wholesale electric generating capacity and have 5,478 MW of capacity within its generation portfolio
  • Owns 2,168 miles and maintains 2,253 miles of high-voltage transmission, and owns and maintains equipment in 70 switchyards and 149 telecommunication sites
  • Serves 2.8 million electric consumers

Statistics updated Feb. 24, 2014 for End of Year 2014.

Energy profile

Basin Electric’s core business is generating and transmitting wholesale bulk electric power to customers, primarily to our 137 member rural electric systems, which are located in nine states: Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Our largest subsidiary, the for-profit Dakota Gasification Company, owns and operates the Great Plains Synfuels Plant near Beulah, ND, which gasifies lignite coal and captures some of the carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) and sends them to depleted Canadian oil fields for geologic sequestration.

Basin Electric will own 3,925 megawatts (MW) and operate 4,913 MW of electric generating capacity by end of year 2014 of which 987 MW is for participants of the Missouri Basin Power Project (MBPP), and 80 MW is jointly owned by Basin Electric and its Class A member, Corn Belt Power Cooperative, Humboldt, IA. Basin Electric owns generation in North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, and Iowa, and additionally purchases power from facilities in Minnesota, Colorado and Nebraska. Most of Basin Electric's baseload capacity comes from coal. Peaking facilities are oil or gas-based.

Basin Electric’s total winter season generation capacity portfolio by end of year 2014 will be 5,478 MW. Of that, Basin Electric has purchased a total of 1,553 MW of electric generation capacity/energy, including 482.5 total MW of renewable energy of which 437.51 MW are wind energy, 44 MW are waste heat (known as recovered energy generation - REG) energy, and 1 MW is from flare-gas facilities in North Dakota. Our purchased power portfolio also includes 77 MW of nuclear energy.

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