Fact Sheets

Energy Security

Dry Fork Station

Energy Security (PDF)

Basin Electric is actively working to increase conservation and efficiency by doing our part to capture and contain CO2 emissions, and diversifying power generation in cleaner ways.

Community

Story Behind the Switch

Commitment to Community (PDF)

Basin Electric gives back to the communities by extending a helping hand by donating their time throughout the community, holding charity events such as Brave the Shave, sponsoring events such as Norsk Hostfest, and offering many different scholarship opportunities to its members and employees.

Environmental

Freedom Mine

Environmental Commitment (PDF)

Basin Electric and its membership support a clean environment, recognize the need to use energy more efficiently to hold down the cost of producing additional energy and to conserve our natural resources.

Great Plains Synfuels Plant

Great Plains Synfuels Plant

Great Plains Synfuels Plant (PDF)

Basin Electric, through its for-profit subsidiary, Dakota Gasification Company, owns and operates the Great Plains Synfuels Plant, a $2.1-billion dollar plant that began operation in 1984. Located five miles northwest of Beulah, ND, the Synfuels Plant has been owned and operated by Dakota Gas since 1988.

Green Energy

PrairieWinds 1

Green energy facts (PDF)

Basin Electric's membership passed a resolution in 2005, setting a goal to obtain green resources equal to 10 percent of the megawatt capacity needed to meet its member demand by 2010. 

Innovation

Recovered Energy Generation

Innovation facts (PDF)

Throughout Basin Electric's history, the cooperative has participated in many first-of-its-kind projects. Basin Electric has stepped into the arena of innovative technologies when doing so will have long-term benefits to both the cooperative and its members.

Serving the Bakken

Oil pumper

Serving the Bakken facts (PDF)

The oil play in the Bakken formation covers parts of western North Dakota and eastern Montana. North Dakota is projected to surpass Alaska as the second-largest oil-producing state in 2012, trailing only Texas. Basin Electric has been actively monitoring the growth and planning for transmission and generation needs associated with rapidly increasing loads.

Clean Power Plan

Clean Power Plan (PDF)

In August 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency released the Clean Power Plan, its final rule to address carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions on existing coal-based power generation facilities.

Transmission and SPP (Southwest Power Pool)

Transmission and SPP (PDF)

Basin Electric is one of the few utilities that supplies electricity on both the Western and Eastern interconnections. This separation of the national electric system exists because, as the transmission system developed, the major transmission lines emanated from the major population centers, which there are relatively few of at the separation.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), are organizations responsible for coordinating, controlling and monitoring electricity transmission over large interstate areas.

As of Oct. 1, 2015, Basin Electric is operating in the RTO Southwest Power Pool (SPP). In joining SPP, Basin Electric retains control of its generating assets.

Media contacts

Mary Miller
Vice President of Communications and Creative Services
701.223.0441 or 701.557.5604

Curt Pearson
Director of Media and Community Relations
701.223.0441 or 701.557.5605

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