Director elections, bylaws, and resolutions

Basin Electric directors are elected to three-year terms at Basin Electric Power Cooperative. Directors from four districts were elected at the 2021 annual meeting held Nov. 10 in Bismarck, North Dakota. The Basin Electric board seats directors from 11 Class A membership districts.

newly elected and re-elected directors:

  • Kermit Pearson, District 1, East River Electric Power Cooperative
  • Troy Presser, District 3, Central Power Electric Cooperative
  • Allen Thiessen, District 8, Upper Missouri Power Cooperative
  • Jerry Beck, District 11, Corn Belt Power Cooperative

Other Basin Electric directors:

  • David Meschke, District 2, L&O Power Cooperative
  • Thomas Wagner, District 4, Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative
  • Leo Brekel, District 5, Tri-State G&T Association
  • Daniel Gliko, District 6, Central Montana Power Cooperative
  • Mike McQuistion, District 7, Rushmore Electric Power Cooperative
  • Wayne Peltier, District 9
  • Paul Baker, District 10, Members 1st Power Cooperative

Basin Electric’s 2021 Bylaws Committee met Sept. 13. The meeting was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The role of the committee, which is made up of one manager and one director from each district, is to review proposed amendments to the bylaws and provide recommendations to the membership.

During this year’s meeting, members of the committee reelected Vic Simmons, general manager of Rushmore Electric Power Cooperative, as chairperson.

The committee discussed an amendment that would extend the period where Basin Electric could maintain $300 million in deferred revenues, but tabled the proposed amendment and will take it up again next year. No new amendments were brought forward at Basin Electric’s 2021 Annual Meeting on Nov. 9-11.

The Basin Electric Resolutions Committee, made up of directors from each of Basin Electric’s districts and a Basin Electric board member, met Nov. 9 in Bismarck. The committee reviewed the cooperative’s existing resolutions, making small edits and updates. In the Rural Communications Systems resolution (resolution 8), it was discussed to add “Broadband” into the title and content. In the current resolutions under the environmental section (section D-1), the committee discussed adding language about compensation for stranded costs incurred by Basin Electric and its member-owners, as well as adding language to the background section regarding support for efforts that create carbon value through agricultural stewardship activities.

No new resolutions were brought forward to the membership. The Resolutions Committee chairperson David Sigloh, director from Upper Missouri Power Cooperative, presented all proposed changes at Basin Electric’s 2021 Annual Meeting of the Membership.