Boards of Directors

Basin Electric is a not-for-profit membership cooperative. Directors serve on the boards of Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Dakota Gasification Company, Dakota Coal Company, Montana Limestone Company, and Basin Cooperative Services.

Each director is elected and represents one of Basin Electric's membership districts. The directors have been elected to the boards of their local distribution systems and then, with the exception of District 9, to their respective intermediate generation and transmission systems. Districts 9 has no intermediate supplier and is served directly by Basin Electric.

Wayne Peltier

President of the Basin Electric board

Also serves on the Dakota Coal Company and Montana Limestone Company boards; Basin Electric director since 2008 representing District 9; electric cooperative board member since 1999; Willmar Junior College (MN); farmer and co-owner of P&K Fabricating, Cottonwood, MN.

Kermit Pearson

Vice president of the Basin Electric board

Also serves as Treasurer on the Dakota Gasification Company; Basin Electric director since 1997 representing District 1, East River Electric Cooperative; electric cooperative board member since 1981; B.S. South Dakota State University; farmer/rancher raising small grains and purebred Gelbvieh cattle.

Allen Thiessen

Chairman of the Dakota Gasification Company board

Basin Electric director since 2012 representing District 8, Upper Missouri G&T; resides in Lambert, MT; director at his home cooperative at Lower Yellowstone REA, Sidney, MT.

Charlie Gilbert

Vice chairman of the Dakota Gasification Company board

Also serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the Basin Electric board; Basin Electric director since 2009 representing Corn Belt Power Cooperative, District 11; Midland Power Cooperative board director since 1998; Corn Belt Power Cooperative board director since 2000; Iowa State University; corn and soybean farmer.

Troy Presser

Chairman of the Dakota Coal board

Also serves as chairman of the Montana Limestone board; Basin Electric director since 2015 representing District 3, Central Power Electric; electric cooperative board member since 2007; rancher.

Paul Baker

Vice chairman of the Dakota Coal Company board

Also serves as Vice Chairman of the Montana Limestone Company board; Basin Electric director since 2013 representing District 10, Members 1st Power Cooperative.

Leo Brekel

Assistant Secretary of the Basin Electric board

Basin Electric board member since 2014 representing District 5, Tri-State G&T; electric cooperative board member since 1995; also serves on the Dakota Gasification Company board; retired as physical plant director at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, CO; works with son on wheat farm near Fleming, CO.

Tom Wagner

Treasurer on the Dakota Coal board

Also serves as Treasurer on the Montana Limestone Company board; Basin Electric director since 2017 representing District 4, Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative (NIPCO); electric cooperative director since 2005; O'Brien County Soil & Water District Commissioner; South O'Brien School Board; farmer.

Mike McQuistion

Director on the Basin Electric board

Basin Electric director since 2013 representing District 7, Rushmore Electric; also serves on the Dakota Gasification Company board.

David Meschke

Director on the Basin Electric board

Also serves on the Dakota Coal and Montana Limestone boards; Basin Electric director since 2017 representing District 2, L&O Power; electric cooperative board member since 2005; certified credentialed director - National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association; board leadership certificate; crop insurance adjuster; grain and livestock farm, raising corn, soybeans, cattle, and hogs.

Dan Gliko

Director on the Basin Electric board

Also serves on the Dakota Coal and Montana Limestone Company boards; Basin Electric director since 2017 representing District 6, Central Montana; electric cooperative board member since 2001; construction contractor.

Jim Geringer

External director of the Dakota Gasification Company board

Dakota Gasification Company director since May 2012; former governor of the State of Wyoming (1995-2003); served in the Wyoming Legislature; former chairman of the Western Governor's Association, and the Education Commission of the states; currently serving as director of policy at the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri); B.S. mechanical engineering, 1967, Kansas State University, Manhattan.

Alan Klein

External director of the Dakota Gasification Company board

Dakota Gas director since 2013; Certified Public Accountant; Eide Bailly LLP retired partner, former partner-in-charge of Bismarck, ND, office; master of science in accounting, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks; bachelor's of science in business administration in accounting, University of North Dakota; serves on United Way Board of Trustees; originally from Wing, ND.