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) 2017.

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

Total = 6,698 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 2016, renewable and green generation (wind and recovered energy generation) equaled 12.4 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 2016, coal-based generation equaled 66.8 percent of Basin Electric's total energy portfolio mix.

In 2016, renewable and green generation (wind, biogas and recovered energy generation) equaled 15.2 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 1,360.6 1,360.6 21.0 20.3
Recovered Energy Generation 44 44 0.7 0.7
Coal-based 3,167 2,991.2 48.9 44.7
Hydroelectric dams 37.9 315.7 0.6 4.7
Nuclear 60.2 62.2 0.9 0.9
Natural Gas 1,270.6 1,368.5 19.6 20.4
Oil, diesel and jet fuel 161.1 186.8 2.5 2.8
Unspecified Purchased Power 369 369 5.7 5.5
Total generation 6,470.4 6,698
Owned Generation 4,076 4,217 63.0 63.0
Purchased Generation 2,394 2,481 37.0 37.0
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)

200 200
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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 

Date of completion

Purchased
Power/seller

Wind

Burke Wind

Burke County, ND

200

200

Late 2019

NextEra Energy Resources

Transmission

System

Joint Ownership

Total
Circuit Miles

BEPC
Owned

BEPC
Maintained

Southwest Power Pool 

Southwest Power Pool members

1,746

1,709

Common Use
System

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

910

279

346

MBPP System

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

681

288

301

Other

43

84

 

Basin Electric Total

2,185

2,349

 

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