A dedication ceremony was held Aug. 16, 2012, at the Deer Creek Station, a 300-net megawatt capacity combined-cycle power plant. The $405-million Deer Creek Station began commercial operation Aug. 1, 2012. There are 28 full-time employees at the plant.
Basin Electric's Deer Creek Station is located in Brookings County, SD.
The power plant uses natural gas delivered via the Northern Border Pipeline and a new 14-mile underground pipeline to the plant. The gas is purchased from Dakota Gasification Company.
Deer Creek is connected to the electric grid by less than one mile of new 345-kilovolt transmission line.
The plant features two turbine-generator sets: one turbine fired by natural gas; the other is driven by steam. Both of the turbines are connected to generators.
Deer Creek Station will operate about 12-16 hours per day, five days a week (more, if during peak load periods).