EPA Regulations

Basin Electric has a diverse energy portfolio including coal, wind, natural gas, and nuclear.

More than a decade ago, we built the first commercial-scale wind projects in the Dakotas. Commitment to the environment was one of our founding principles more than 50 years ago. Coal is still our primary fuel for base-load generation. See the At a Glance page for our generation portfolio. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Power Plan as proposed could have serious impacts on affordability and reliability of electricity we provide to our members.

Basin Electric continues to monitor and respond to the challenges presented by the historic suite of regulatory changes advanced by the EPA under the Clean Air Act over the last few years. Because the United States does not have a comprehensive energy policy in place, existing provisions of the Clean Air Act are being used to adopt new regulations for both carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases.

Clean Power Plan

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

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

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

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

Go to the Clean Power Plan 111(d) page for our review of the plan and why it won't work for Basin Electric.