Environment

Missouri River

Always have, always will

Environmental protection is a Basin Electric core value. Simply put: our facilities run 24 hours, 7 days a week in the communities where we live, breath, work, raise our families and enjoy the great outdoors. We produce power where we live, and we are committed to living in rural America - a vital rural America with sustainable economies fueled by low-cost, regional power.

As both owners and consumers of primarily coal-based energy, Basin Electric directors, staff and members have a stake in ensuring that our water, air, and lands are kept pristine for our children and future generations, while supporting rural America's economies and communities.

We support the spirit of environmental protection laws. Always have, always will.

What it takes

  • Through 2013, Basin Electric has invested more than $1.47 billion in emissions control technology.
  • More than $154 million is invested annual to operate and maintain those controls.
  • Each of Basin Electric's coal-based generating plants has an environmental coordinator who is responsible for environmental compliance and maintaining the plant's continuous emissions monitoring system.
  • Basin Electric and all subsidiary facilities are 100 percent environmentally compliant
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Coal's future: no decision

In the past several years we have seen many different proposals for climate and energy bills with no forward movement. While some are content with no forward movement, no decision is a decision for the future of coal.

No decision means the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will not only move forward with further greenhouse gas regulations, but also a wide range of other regulations that will impact energy development and put coal's future into question.

No decision means we will proceed with new generation incrementally; only smaller projects will move forward.

No decision means we will not have a path for domestic energy development. There will be no substantial effort toward development of clean coal technologies with so much uncertainty.