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Changes to Power Contracts Authorized by Basin Electric Directors

The directors of Basin Electric Power Cooperative (Basin Electric) authorized an amendment to Powder River Energy Corporation’s and Upper Missouri Power Cooperative’s wholesale power contracts that will allow Basin Electric to supply electricity to Tongue River Electric Cooperative, Fergus Electric Cooperative and Mid-Yellowstone Electric Cooperative effective January 1,...

Storm Slows Urea Plant Progress

Construction progress at a urea plant owned by a Basin Electric Power Cooperative subsidiary was set back when a storm with wind speeds clocking at almost 80 miles per hour hit the site over the holiday weekend.  The plant, when complete, will produce 380,000 tons of urea...

Federal Appellate Court Overturns Minnesota Law Restricting Imported Power

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a decision finding that a Minnesota law that prohibited sales of coal-based generation into a regional market violated federal statutes and interfered with interstate commerce.  Basin Electric Power Cooperative and Minnkota Power Cooperative argued that the law had detrimental impacts on power generators across the Midwest but may now serve...

DC Circuit Refuses to Delay Implementation of Clean Power Plan

In a setback to dozens of states and industry groups, the D.C. Circuit Court refused to delay the Clean Power Plan (CPP) while legal challenges are ongoing. The petitioners argued that they will be irreparably harmed by starting the compliance process. Basin Electric Power Cooperative has argued that it will lose a lot of money if they comply with the CPP and it is later scrapped by...

Basin Asks D.C. Circuit to Stay Clean Power Plan

Basin Electric Power Cooperative (Basin) is among the electric industry participants asking the United States Circuit Court for the District of Columbia (D.C. Circuit) to stay the implementation of the Clean Power Plan (CPP), arguing that preparing to comply with the CPP’s requirements while legal challenges are still pending would cause a significant waste of resources in the event...

Electric Cooperatives among Top 100 Coops Per Report

The National Cooperative Bank has released its “2015 Co-op 100 List,” which includes 17 electric cooperatives from around the country.  Among the electric cooperatives to make the list are Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Oglethorpe Power Corporation and Seminole Electric Cooperative.  Overall the 17 electric cooperatives accounted for approximately 7 percent of the total annual...

G&T Coop Set to Debut Major New Transmission Line

Basin Electric Power Cooperative is in the process of building an electric “super avenue” to help serve the Bakken formation.  Although the area is not growing as fast as it once was, it will still continue to see increases in demand for electric service.  The 340kv “super avenue” is a $350 million investment and will be critical to the ability of cooperatives to serve the Bakken in...

Integrated Test Center to be Located at Basin Electric’s Dry Creek Station

Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s (Basic Electric) Dry Fork Station near Gillette, WY will be home to the new Integrated Test Center (ITC).  The research at the ITC will lead to new opportunities in petrochemicals and other commercial uses for carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants.  Mike Easley, Chairman of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority, says: “We have a real...

North Dakota PSC Approves Permits for Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s Infrastructure Projects

On April 29 the North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC) approved permits for three infrastructure projects. Those projects undertaken by Basin Electric Power Cooperative will cost a combined $445 million.  They involve expansion of two gas powered power stations, as well as a new transmission line.  According to Randy Christmann, Commissioner of the North Dakota PSC, the projects...

Coops Pleased as EPA Reaffirms NDDH Plan to Reduce Regional Air Pollution

Minnkota Power Cooperative and Basin Electric Power Cooperative received good news last week as the EPA reaffirmed the plan of North Dakota Department of Health (NDDH) to reduce regional haze and ruled that the equipment of both plants meets all environmental requirements.  NDDH’s plan must be updated again in 2018 and then again every several years until 2064.  Please click here to...

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