At Basin Electric, our focus is the person at the end of the line. Our member-owners are the reason we exist. That's the co-op difference.

Rural electric cooperative pioneers in the Missouri River basin created Basin Electric in 1961 to provide supplemental wholesale power to their distribution cooperatives. Basin Electric's growth and success during the past 50-plus years is due to the commitment, support, and resolve of these visionary co-op leaders and their consumers.

Basin Electric's 11-member board of directors are elected by our members. These directors have been elected to the boards of their local distribution systems and then, with the exception of District 9, to their respective intermediate generation and transmission systems. Many of our Class A members are generation and transmission (G&T) electric cooperatives.

Basin Electric member map
Our service area

We do not sell electricity directly to consumers. Control and direction of Basin Electric begins with our member-owners who support the seven cooperative principles and are governed by the cooperative business model.

Basin Electric's member systems' service territories span 540,000 square miles from the Canadian to the Mexican borders. Our members constitute a vital network of generation, transmission and distribution systems that deliver electricity to 3 million consumers in parts of North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Montana, and New Mexico.

The co-op difference

How does an electric G&T cooperative differ from an investor-owned utility? At Basin Electric, our net margin above expenses and reserves does not belong to the utility. It represents an increase in an investment that belongs to our consumer-owners. Basin Electric's margins must be used to improve or maintain operations, set aside in reserves, or distributed to the membership.

Cooperative State City District Class
Agralite Electric Cooperative MN Benson 1 A
Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative NM Mora 5 C
Bon Homme Yankton Electric Association SD Tabor 1 C
Central Electric Cooperative SD Mitchell 1 C
Charles Mix Electric Association SD Lake Andes 1 C
City of Elk Point SD Elk Point 1 B
Clay-Union Electric Corporation SD Vermillion 1 C
Codington-Clark Electric Cooperative SD Watertown 1 C
Dakota Energy Cooperative SD Huron 1 C
FEM Electric Association SD Ipswich 1 C
H-D Electric Cooperative SD Clear Lake 1 C
Kingsbury Electric Cooperative SD DeSmet 1 C
Lake Region Electric Association SD Webster 1 C
Lyon-Lincoln Electric Cooperative MN Tyler 1 C
Meeker Cooperative Light & Power Association MN Litchfield 1 C
Northern Electric Cooperative SD Bath 1 C
Oahe Electric Cooperative SD Blunt 1 C
East River Electric Power Cooperative SD Madison 1 A
Redwood Electric Cooperative MN Clemens 1 C
Renville-Sibley Cooperative Power Association MN Danube 1 C
South Central Electric Association MN St. James 1 C
Douglas Electric Cooperative SD Armour 1 C
Southeastern Electric Cooperative SD Marion 1 C
Traverse Electric Cooperative MN Wheaton 1 C
Union County Electric Cooperative SD Elk Point 1 C
Whetstone Valley Electric Cooperative SD Milbank 1 C
L & O Power Cooperative IA Rock Rapids 2 A
Federated Rural Electric Association MN Jackson 2 C
Lyon Rural Electric Cooperative IA Rock Rapids 2 C
Osceola Electric Cooperative IA Sibley 2 C
Sioux Valley Energy SD Colman 2 C
Central Power Electric Cooperative ND Minot 3 A
Capital Electric Cooperative ND Bismarck 3 C
Dakota Valley Electric Cooperative ND Milnor 3 C
McLean Electric Cooperative ND Garrison 3 C
North Central Electric Cooperative ND Bottineau 3 C
Northern Plains Electric ND Carrington 3 C
Verendrye Electric Cooperative ND Velva 3 C
Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative IA LeMars 4 A
Harrison County Rural Electric Cooperative IA Woodbine 4 C
North West Rural Electric Cooperative IA Orange City 4 C
Western Iowa Municipal Electric Association IA Manning 4 C
Western Iowa Power Cooperative IA Denison 4 C
Woodbury County Rural Electric Cooperative IA Moville 4 C
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association CO Denver 5 A
Big Horn Rural Electric Company WY Basin 5 C
Carbon Power & Light WY Saratoga 5 C
Central New Mexico Electric Cooperative NM Mountainair 5 C
Chimney Rock Public Power District NE Bayard 5 C
Columbus Electric Cooperative NM Deming 5 C
Continental Divid Electric Cooperative, Inc. NM Grants & Gallup 5 C
Delta-Montrose Electric Association CO Delta 5 C
Empire Electric Association CO Cortez 5 C
Garland Light & Power Company WY Powell 5 C
Gunnison County Electric Association CO Gunnison 5 C
High Plains Power Inc. WY Thermopolis and Riverton 5 C
High West Energy WY Pine Bluffs 5 C
Highline Electric Association CO Holyoke 5 C
Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative NM Hernandez 5 C
K. C. Electric Association CO Hugo 5 C
La Plata Electric Association CO Durango 5 C
Midwest Electric Cooperative Corporation NE Grant 5 C
Morgan County Rural Electric Association CO Fort Morgan 5 C
Mountain Parks Electric CO Granby 5 C
Mountain View Electric Association CO Limon 5 C
Niobrara Electric Association WY Lusk 5 C
Northern Rio Arriba Electric Cooperative NM Chama 5 C
Northwest Rural Public Power District NE Hay Springs 5 C
Otero County Electric Cooperative NM Cloudcroft 5 C
Panhandle Rural Electric Membership Association NE Alliance 5 C
Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association CO Fort Collins 5 C
Roosevelt Public Power District NE Mitchell 5 C
San Isabel Electric Association CO Pueblo 5 C
San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperative CO Monte Vista 5 C
San Miguel Power Association CO Nucla 5 C
Sangre De Cristo Electric Association CO Buena Vista 5 C
Sierra Electric Cooperative Inc. NM Elephant Butte 5 C
Socorro Electric Cooperative NM Socorro 5 C
Southeast Colorado Power Association CO La Junta 5 C
Southwestern Electric Cooperative NM Clayton 5 C
Springer Electric Cooperative NM Springer 5 C
United Power - Inc. CO Brighton 5 C
Wheat Belt Public Power District NE Sidney 5 C
Wheatland Rural Electric Association WY Wheatland 5 C
White River Electric Association CO Meeker 5 C
Wyrulec Company WY Lingle 5 C
Y-W Electric Association CO Akron 5 C
Central Montana Electric Power Cooperative MT Great Falls 6 A
Big Flat Electric Cooperative MT Malta 6 C
Hill County Electric Cooperative MT Havre 6 C
Marias River Electric Cooperative MT Shelby 6 C
NorVal Electric Cooperative MT Glasgow & Opheim 6 C
Park Electric Cooperative MT Livingston 6 C
Sun River Electric Cooperative MT Fairfield 6 C
Yellowstone Valley Electric Cooperative MT Huntley 6 C
Rushmore Electric Power Cooperative SD Rapid City 7 A
Black Hills Electric Cooperative SD Custer 7 C
Butte Electric Cooperative SD Newell 7 C
Cam Wal Electric Cooperative SD Selby 7 C
Cherry-Todd Electric Cooperative SD Mission 7 C
Lacreek Electric Association SD Martin 7 C
Moreau-Grand Electric Cooperative SD Timber Lake 7 C
West Central Electric Cooperative SD Murdo 7 C
West River Electric Association SD Wall 7 C
Upper Missouri Power Cooperative MT Sidney 8 A
Burke-Divide Electric Cooperative ND Columbus 8 C
Goldenwest Electric Cooperative MT Wibaux 8 C
Lower Yellowstone Rural Electric Association MT Sidney 8 C
McCone Electric Cooperative MT Circle 8 C
McKenzie Electric Cooperative ND Watford City 8 C
Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative ND Williston 8 C
Roughrider Electric Cooperative ND Hazen 8 C
Sheridan Electric Cooperative MT Medicine Lake 8 C
Slope Electric Cooperative ND New England 8 C
Southeast Electric Cooperative MT Ekalaka 8 C
Crow Wing Power MN Brainerd 9 A
Grand Electric Cooperative SD Bison 9 A
KEM Electric Cooperative ND Linton 9 A
Minnesota Valley Cooperative Light & Power Association MN Montevideo 9 A
Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative MN Jordan 9 A
Mor-Gran-Sou Electric Cooperative ND Flasher 9 A
Rosebud Electric Cooperative SD Gregory 9 A
Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association MN Rockford 9 A
Flathead Electric Cooperative MT Kalispell & Libby 1 D
Members 1st Power Cooperative WY Sundance 10 A
Fergus Electric Cooperative MT Lewistown 10 C
Tongue River Electric Cooperative MT Ashland 10 C
MId-Yellowstone Electric Cooperative MT Hysham 8 C
Powder River Energy Corporation WY Sundance 10 C
Corn Belt Power Cooperative IA Humboldt 11 A
Boone Valley Electric Cooperative IA Renwick 11 C
Butler County REC IA Allison 11 C
Calhoun County REC IA Rockwell City 11 C
Franklin REC IA Hampton 11 C
Grundy County REC IA Grundy County 11 C
Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative IA Estherville 11 C
Midland Power Cooperative IA Jefferson 11 C
Prairie Energy Cooperative IA Clarion 11 C
Raccoon Valley Electric Cooperative IA Glidden 11 C
North Iowa Municipal Electric Cooperative Association IA Humboldt 11 C
Nishnabotna Valley Rural Electric Cooperative IA Harlan 4 C