At a Glance

Basin Electric Power Cooperative is a consumer-owned, regional generation and transmission (G&T) cooperative providing wholesale power to member rural electric systems in nine states. The following statistics are for end-of-year (EOY) 2016.

Click on pieces of the chart for a look into how Basin Electric uses fuel.

Total = 6,554.8 MW

Basin Electric's Resource Portfolio (above) consists of generation in megawatts (winter ratings) from owned facilities and purchased power contracts longer than 3 years. The renewables percentage includes wind, recovered energy generation, and flaregas totals.

In 2015, renewable and green generation (wind and recovered energy generation) equaled 9.7 percent of Basin Electric's total energy mix. Note: The actual renewable energy attributes (aka green tags or RECs) of much of that generation was allocated to Basin Electric's members or sold to others and no claims of environmental attributes may be claimed for any part of Basin Electric’s power supply, unless those attributes are assigned to the power claimed as green or renewable.

In 2015, coal-based generation equaled 69.1 percent of Basin Electric's total energy portfolio mix.

In 2015, renewable and green generation (wind, biogas and recovered energy generation) equaled 12.4 percent of member and retail sales. Note: The actual renewable energy attributes (aka green tags or RECs) of much of that generation was allocated to Basin Electric's members or sold to others and no claims of environmental attributes may be claimed for any part of Basin Electric’s power supply, unless those attributes are assigned to the power claimed as green or renewable.

Total Summer (MW) Winter (MW) Summer Capacity (%) Winter Capacity (%)
Wind 1,532.55 1,532.6 24.2 23.4
Recovered Energy Generation 44 44 0.7 0.7
Coal-based 3,166.98 2,991.2 50.1 45.6
Hydroelectric dams 37.85 315.7 0.6 4.8
Nuclear 60.17 62.2 1.0 0.9
Natural Gas 1,130.59 1,228.5 17.9 18.7
Oil, diesel and jet fuel 154.97 180.6 2.4 2.8
Unspecified Purchased Power 200 200 3.2 3.1
Total generation 6,327.11 6,554.8
Owned Generation 4,076 4,217 64.4 64.3
Purchased Generation 2,251 2,338 35.6 35.7
Operated Generation 5,063 5,205
Basin Electric Generation Portfolio

Capacity chart indicates only generation owned by Basin Electric or purchased power longer than three years.

Maximum capacity in megawatts (MW)

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Subsidiaries
  • Dakota Gasification Company, which operates the Great Plains Synfuels Plant near Beulah, ND. Souris Valley Pipeline LTD, a subsidiary of Dakota Gas, delivers carbon dioxide to an oil field for enhanced oil recovery.
  • Dakota Coal Company, which is the fuel supplier for the Synfuels Plant, Antelope Valley Station, and Leland Olds Station. Wyoming Lime Producers, a division of Dakota Coal, owns a lime processing plant near Frannie, WY. Montana Limestone Company (MLC), a subsidiary of Dakota Coal, is a limestone quarry operator near Warren, MT.
  • Souris Valley Pipeline Ltd., a for-profit subsidiary of Dakota Gas, delivers CO2 to two Canadian oil fields for enhanced oil recovery.
  • PrairieWinds ND 1 Inc., a for-profit subsidiary of Basin Electric, will own, build, and operate wind generation in North Dakota.
  • PrairieWinds SD 1 Inc., a for-profit subsidiary of Basin Electric, will own, build, and operate wind generation in South Dakota.
  • Basin Cooperative Services, a not-for-profit subsidiary of Basin Electric, acquires resources and services for electric plant generation.

Committed Projects for 2017 and beyond

Maximum capacity in megawatts (MW)

Fuel

Resources

Locations

Summer 

Winter 

Owns

Operates

Date of completion

Purchased
Power/seller

Wind

Antelope Hills Wind

Beulah, ND

172

172

Dec. 2016

SunEdison, Inc.

Wind

Lindahl Wind

Tioga, ND

150

150

Jan. 2017

Tradewind Energy

Wind

Burke Wind

Burke County, ND

200

200

Late 2019

NextEra Energy Resources

Transmission

System

Joint Ownership

Total
Circuit Miles

BEPC
Owned

BEPC
Maintained

BEPC
Planned

Southwest Power Pool 

Southwest Power Pool members

1,575

1,618

263

Common Use
System

Basin Electric, Black Hills Power,
Powder River Energy Corporation (PRECorp)

910

279

346

0

MBPP System

Basin Electric, Tri-State G&T, WMPA, MRES,
Lincoln Electric, Heartland Consumers Power District

681

288

301

0

Other

43

84

 0

Basin Electric Total

2,185

2,349

263

*Basin Electric planned: Antelope Valley Station-Williston-Tioga 345kV line [190 miles]