Energy Policy

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America’s energy security depends on a carefully designed strategy to boost domestic energy production, reduce dependence on foreign oil, and protect the environment.

Basin Electric advocates defined energy policy that gives industry certainty when planning for generation and transmission infrastructure; research and development of low-carbon technology; and energy efficiency and conservation efforts. Such certainty would also provide for long-term tax incentive structures and postpone the onslaught of burdensome regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

With no energy policy in place, the EPA relied on its existing regulatory framework, placing a costly burden on the energy industry and ultimately the American people. This cumbersome regulatory process has left the industry with no framework of certainty in which to move forward; knowledge and certainty are necessary for industry to make informed decisions.

Simply put: no decision is a decision for the energy security of this country.

A defined national energy policy will give the energy industry a foundation on which to build a path forward within a framework of achievable regulations.

See our Legislation section for more on how you can help.

Throughout its history, Basin Electric has forged ahead building and maintaining a secure power supply system, focusing on diversity, stability and innovation. The result: low-cost, environmentally responsible electricity for the membership.

Clean Power Plan

Go to the Clean Power Plan 111(d) page for our review of the plan.

Aug. 9, 2017, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled to hold litigation of the rule in abeyance for an additional 60 days.

April 28, 2017, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., ruled to hold the Clean Power Plan in abeyance, or temporary suspension, for 60 days.

March 30, 2017, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt sent letters to governors advising them they are under no obligation to adhere to the Clean Power Plan.

March 28, 2017, Pres. Donald Trump signed an executive order directing EPA to review the Clean Power Plan, and establishing a process to repeal or revise the rule.

Feb. 9, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court granted Basin Electric and several other petitioners' Motion to Stay the Clean Power Plan.

Oct. 23, 2015, the Clean Power Plan was published in the Federal Register.

Aug. 3, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency released its Clean Power Plan.

What can you do?

Visit the Legislation section of this website for top-of-mind bills and calls to action.