Basin Electric: Live Wire

Basin Electric: Live Wire is a blog that features some of the people stories and interesting background information that you can't get anywhere else. This blog was started in 2008 on the Wordpress platform, and moved here in 2021. Please find our archives at You can email editor Tracie Bettenhausen with story ideas.

Recent Posts

Basin Electric donation aids wildfire relief

Basin Electric donated $10,000 to American Red Cross for the wildfire relief efforts in North Dakota and South Dakota. The donation will be used to...

Basin Electric donation helps individuals purchase affordable items

Basin Electric made a $25,000 to Heaven’s Helpers RePurpose Store in Bismarck, North Dakota. The store accepts donations of a wide range of useful...

Basin Electric funds help construct food distribution center just in time for ‘record-shattering’ need

The number of people served by the Great Plains Food Bank have been up substantially since the pandemic began, some areas seeing as much as an 80%...

Co-ops provide vital gift to North Dakota long-term care facility

Three cooperatives came together to equip a North Dakota long-term care facility with tools needed to care for its residents and staff during the...

Final remaining original incorporator of Basin Electric has died

Leroy Schecher was the last living member of the group who signed the papers to incorporate Basin Electric. He died on Mar. 27.

In Depth: Researcher conducts collaborative soil gas sampling to advance Wyoming CarbonSAFE

As part of the environmental field operations, soil sample composition is intended to establish a baseline of the test site prior to any carbon...

Quick thinking and connections at Basin Electric ‘stuff’ hungry bellies

Dozens of pounds of deer sausage were hanging in the balance, and Lisa Carney had to think fast or the whole stash would be smoked. 

Basin Electric gives the gift of connection

The iPads allow patients to see familiar faces and hear voices clearly without hindrance from full protection from head to toe.

Basin Electric, San Miguel Power matching donations help bring documentary films to students

The grant helps bring the films to thousands of students across the country.

Matching cooperative donations provide needed technology for Montana schools during COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

The funds helped purchase 40 Chromebooks for the schools. Along with other donations the schools received, this was enough to provide all students...

Electric co-op family recognized in national contest

The family, members of Whetstone Valley Electric Cooperative of Milbank, South Dakota, placed third in Touchstone Energy’s annual #WhoPowersYou...

PRECorp’s donation to WY food pantries and soup kitchens multiplies, cooperative-style

Basin Electric matched the PRECorp funds, resulting in $35,200 in grant awards to help feed the hungry across five northeast Wyoming counties.