Basin Today

Basin Today is a quarterly magazine sent to members, employees, and industry partners. The stories are also posted on this website. If you are interested in being added to the mailing list, contact Basin Today editor Kalli Senske.

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Scheduled outages provide reliability for members

Scheduled outages at Dakota Gas and Laramie River Station play a crucial role in maintaining reliability and efficiency.

Easement brings continued long-term power and reliability to members

Strong relationships between Basin Electric, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Whetstone Valley Electric Cooperative provided the acquirement of a...

How we serve: Instrumentation technicians

Instrumentation technicians at Leland Olds Station keep operations running smoothly with proactivity and diligence.

Energizing education at Bismarck State College and Mitchell Technical College

Basin Electric is committed to providing reliable and affordable electricity to its members for many years to come, so ensuring there is a...

Changes approved to Bylaws, Resolutions at 2023 Annual Meeting

A change to Basin Electric’s bylaws was approved at the 2023 Annual Meeting of the Membership.

Iowa Lakes Electric member is pleased with the co-op's reliability and affordability

In addition to the reliability and affordable cost, Baumann says he’s been very happy with the degree of personal relationships and support his...

How we serve: Warehouse team

The warehouses at Basin Electric’s generation facilities play an important role for the facilities and for the entire Basin Electric membership.

Basin Electric breaks ground on generation facility to power a growing membership

Pioneer Generation Station Phase IV, a natural gas-fueled, dispatchable generation facility is an important component to Basin Electric’s...

Transmission buildouts ensure continued reliability

As energy needs continue to grow in Basin Electric’s service area, so does the need for additional generation and transmission resources.

Basin Electric lineworkers form bonds on energized transmission lines and with each other during live line training

Basin Electric’s high-voltage transmission lines carry up to 345,000 volts of electricity.

Basin Electric's strategic roadmap meets member needs, today and tomorrow

Basin Electric’s strategic roadmap meets member needs, today and tomorrow.

Construction begins on Pioneer Generation Station Phase IV

Construction has begun on Pioneer Generation Station Phase IV (PGSIV), Basin Electric's newest generation project near the existing Pioneer...

Fixed on Physics: How Basin Electric maintains reliability and stability when the laws won't change

The Laws of Physics say that at the very second electricity is being used, it must be generated somewhere. So, every time you turn on a light...

North West Rural Electric members contribute to the success of Annual Tulip Festival

While the Tulip Festival doesn’t take place on co-op lines, the impact it has on its members is immeasurable, both financially and in terms of...

Innovative solutions for carbon management

Basin Electric has made a responsible decision to put resources into figuring out how to capture and store carbon dioxide (CO2) to continue...

How We Serve: Environmental Controls

Between environmental controls and the work of the scrubber operator, dispatchable generation at plants like Laramie River Station are able to...

Basin Electric experts explain transmission congestion

With Basin Electric’s most recent load forecast projecting growth over the next 10 years and the clean energy transition in full swing,...

From rookie to retiree: the 'transmission' of Tom Christensen

On Dec. 30, Tom Christensen, Basin Electric senior vice president of Transmission, Engineering, and Construction, retired after nearly 40 years of...

How we serve with the GIS team

At Basin Electric, the team of GIS specialists makes sure we're heading in the right direction to provide members with reliable electricity.

Value during volatility: Protecting the membership in times of uncertainty

In recent years, the energy industry has been challenged by market price volatility. Because Basin Electric is dedicated to providing reliable,...

Ensuring reliability: Aging substation infrastructure replacement initiative continues to make progress

As new technology emerges it's critical to the lifespan of a substation to upgrade equipment before there's a problem. Basin Electric is on track...

Basin Electric to add megawatts at Pioneer Generation Station

Basin Electric is pursuing its largest single-site electric generation project since the 1980s.

Basin Electric focuses on sustainability

At Basin Electric, sustainability is the commitment we make to our members to meet their needs while ensuring future generations will thrive.

Strength and value as a generation and transmission cooperative

Unlike other energy providers whose rates may only include energy, Basin Electric's rates include many other essential services that others charge...

Battery storage system means extra reliability for NIPCO

In 2019, Basin Electric introduced a member-owned trial battery rate allocating up to 150 kilowatts (kW) per Class C member.

How we serve with Montana Limestone Company

Montana Limestone Company is a relatively small operation that has a big impact on Basin Electric and its membership.

Regular maintenance means continued dependability at Laramie River Station

Plants like Laramie River Station have a direct impact on long-term power, and that's why scheduled outages and regular maintenance are so important.

Changes to bylaws & resolutions approved at 2022 Annual Meeting

A change to Basin Electric's bylaws was approved at the 2022 Annual Meeting of the Membership on Nov. 9.

South Dakota co-op and dairy have an 'udderly' good partnership

“We don’t just want to be a business that just happens to be located there, we want to develop partnerships and relationships with the people and...

Adding major transmission infrastructure in western North Dakota

The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) conducted an Integrated Transmission Planning study and in 2021 determined the need for extensive new transmission...

How we serve: with distributed generation

"Basically everything we do affects the membership. What's good for the membership is good for us."

Reliability remains top priority after summer assessment points to possible shortfalls

This spring and summer, reports of energy shortfalls that could potentially lead to power interruptions were featured on numerous media outlets....

Cryptocurrency - The modern-day gold rush

Basin Electric’s service area is prime real estate for data centers and cryptocurrency developers.

Rural America becomes even more electrified

Today, agriculture and energy are more closely entwined than ever before.

Vastness and variety set Montana co-op apart

Central Montana Electric’s distribution cooperatives serve some of the most rural areas in Montana.

A day in the life of Senior Fleet and Logistics Administrator Nathan Johnson

Johnson says his goal is always to minimize the landed cost of a shipment, meaning what it costs to get a part or equipment to one of the facilities.

Working hard and taking opportunities: Steve Johnson retiring after 40 years

Johnson’s career with the cooperative began in 1982 when he crossed paths with a former college classmate who told him that she was a budget...

Cracking the code: Carbon sequestration project will benefit environment, co-op

Basin Electric is embarking on an innovative project that will benefit the environment by sequestering and permanently storing carbon dioxide from...

Iowa's Electric Cooperatives shine the light on exemplary community service volunteers

The Touchstone Energy Cooperatives of Iowa sponsored a new contest to highlight their cooperative commitment to community.

How Basin Electric's new partnership in Wisconsin builds on a long-term strategy

Basin Electric announced in September a partnership with Dairyland Power Cooperative of La Crosse, Wisconsin, and ALLETE, of Duluth, Minnesota, to...

A day in the life of Load Forecast Analysts

The team monitors changes in a variety of industries, including agriculture, ethanol, oil and gas, coal, housing, and more.

Dave Raatz retires after 41 years

Some of Dave Raatz’s favorite work has had to do with negotiating power sale and purchase arrangements, resource planning, and member rate design.

Dry Fork Station upgrades air quality controls, saves cooperative $1 million annually

Going forward, the team plans to continue looking for ways to increase efficiencies to save even more money.

Meet new Basin Electric Director Jerry Beck

Jerry Beck represents District 11 replacing retired director Charlie Gilbert.

Basin Electric's Paul Sukut retires after 38 years at the cooperative

While Paul Sukut’s time as CEO features several flashy milestones, the decades he spent previously at Basin Electric are what shaped his time...

East River Electric supports individuals with differing abilities through local organization

For nearly 60 years, East River, a Basin Electric Class A member headquartered in Madison, South Dakota, has hosted an annual “mountain oyster”...

Using their noodles: How Dakota Growers Pasta works with Northern Plains Electric

Dakota Growers, which is a member of Northern Plains Electric Cooperative, a Basin Electric Class C member headquartered in Carrington, sources its...

Great Plains Synfuels Plant's ability to shift production has meant millions for Dakota Gas this summer

In addition to increased demand and high prices on DEF, urea and natural gas prices have been higher than normal as well.

A day in the life of Lead Substation Electrician Adam Malsom

Adam Malsom is one of six people that make up the Huron, South Dakota, Transmission System Maintenance (TSM) outpost.

Basin Electric's first female senior vice president ends 40-year career

Diane Paul, Basin Electric senior vice president of Human Resources is retiring after a 40-year career, and looks back on her time with the...

Wright-Hennepin Electric Cooperative builds an environmental oasis outside the big city

Not far from the buzz of the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, lies a cooperative that has created a haven for bees,...

Daring to innovate: 60 years of ambition

A look back at some of the pivotal decisions that made Basin Electric the successful cooperative it is today.

Basin Electric employees battle below zero to get unit on grid

Employees from Basin Electric’s Transmission System Maintenance (TSM) division stepped up for what became a marathon battle in the cold.

Rainy day funds help Basin Electric weather the storm

What did Basin Electric do differently than these other energy providers – the ones that had to borrow hundreds of millions of dollars or even file...

How we are notified of potential and impending energy emergencies

It is important for Basin Electric, its member cooperatives, and members at the end of the line to understand what energy emergency alerts mean so...

How Basin Electric's power plant professionals prepared and performed during the February energy emergency

To understand how unusual this February was, “There are years I didn’t run this station at all. Since we’ve been in SPP (Southwest Power Pool), I...

A day in the life of Station Operator Zachary Wager

On a daily basis, Zachary Wager looks at the boiler, where the main combustion of the coal takes place, and at all of the equipment that goes with...

Firm pipeline capacity instrumental during energy emergency

Dakota Gasification Company’s Great Plains Synfuels Plant in Beulah, North Dakota, fits uniquely in the picture as it produces natural gas as well...

Member co-ops communicate through crisis

Electric cooperatives stepped up with answers, deploying a variety of tools from their communication toolboxes to prepare, inform, and connect with...

New Western Energy Imbalance Service Market will launch Feb. 1

WEIS is a real-time market that takes advantage of a diverse mix of generating resources to optimize the use of the Western Interconnection...

Members assemble virtually for the first time ever at 2020 Basin Electric annual meeting

The meeting’s theme, “Listen and Lead,” was chosen to represent the cooperative’s focus on listening to member concerns as Basin Electric leads the...

Could WEIS lead to a full RTO?

A recent SPP study found that a full RTO could produce $49 million a year in savings to its members, compared to present operations.

Basin Electric's strategic focus on ratings

Meetings with ratings agencies Fitch Ratings, Moody’s Investors Service, and S&P Global Ratings are conducted twice a year to keep the agencies up...

A day in the life of North Dakota lead lineman Wayne Bentz

Basin Electric employs 22 lineworkers to cover more than 2,500 miles of line. The crews are based out of seven outposts in four states across the...

Dakota Gas carbon capture: Improving the environment and the bottom line

On Nov. 10, 2020, the Beulah, North Dakota, plant reached the milestone of capturing 40 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2). The Great...

Whetstone Valley Electric family recognized in national #whopowersyou contest

Now in its fifth year, the national contest elevates co-op members who embody the cooperative principle of commitment to community.

Wyoming CarbonSAFE to determine whether carbon dioxide can be stored underground near Dry Fork Station

Wyoming CarbonSAFE, implemented by the U.S. Department of Energy, is investigating the feasibility of underground CO2 emissions storage from...

A day in the life of Alarm Monitor/Service Dispatcher Donavon Dick

On the security side, Donavon Dick monitors cameras, access logs, and alarms throughout the Headquarters complex and at the cooperative’s remote...

Basin Electric Bylaw Review Committee recommends changes to bylaws

As required by the bylaws, the four proposed amendments were included in the Notice of Annual Meeting, which was mailed Oct. 13.

Basin Electric Resolutions Committee meets

No new resolutions were brought forward by the membership thus far.

Measuring the value of membership

“It’s a volatile world out there. Basin has a long-standing history and a tremendous amount of assets, and they’ve managed those assets well. So I...

After 41 years, John Jacobs hangs up his hard hat

As those three or four years at Antelope Valley turned into 35, Jacobs’ roles shifted from civil engineer to administrative supervisor of...

A day in the life of Medical Services Supervisor Stephanie Hottman

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted everyone, but those who work in the medical industry experienced the pandemic up close and personal. Stephanie...

Delayed plant outages at Basin Electric ensure safety, save money

In addition to the cost savings, delaying the outages will allow Basin Electric the foresight to see if a four-year outage schedule would be...

Black Hills Electric employee brings more than wheelchairs to people in need

Hope Haven International Ministries’ goal is to deliver wheelchairs to people in desperate need from 109 different countries (due to U.S....

New technology will improve efficiency of Wilton Wind Projects

Performance upgrades on Wilton 2 were completed in late 2019 and Wilton 1 was completed in late April.

Basin Electric moving forward with Lonesome Creek Station Unit 6

Employees are currently assembling a revised 2020 load forecast, since much of the load growth projected in the Bakken may not materialize as...

A day in the life of Financial Reporting Manager Katrina Wald

Katrina Wald says one of the best parts about working at Basin Electric is the many opportunities to be part of cross-functional working groups.

Initiative strengthens, modernizes cooperative's infrastructure

The concern of aging infrastructure is not only an issue at Basin Electric, but for the electric utility industry as a whole across the country.

Basin Electric's use of drones improves efficiency and safety while reducing costs

With Basin Electric’s increasing use of drones, the cooperative is developing procedures so there are clear guidelines to follow. A task force led...

Sauer retires after 30-year career at Dakota Gas

In June 2013, Sauer was named Dakota Gas senior vice president and chief operating officer, the position he held when he retired.

Strategic planning meetings: the start and heart of every plan

In 2019, Basin Electric set the strategic goal of “stability” in its strategic planning meetings, to stabilize the rates and the cooperative.

Membership approves change to bylaws, electric vehicle resolution at Annual Meeting

The Bylaws Committee is made up of one manager and one director from each of Basin Electric’s 11 districts. The Resolutions Committee is made up of...

From field to foam: craft brewing industry taps growth in the Upper Midwest

According to the report, in 2018, the craft brewing industry provided 559,545 total jobs in the United States, with 150,055 jobs directly at...

Basin Electric's first NERC CIP audit completed

Aside from the months of preparation leading up to the audit, Basin Electric’s CIP team has been meeting regularly for the past six years to...

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