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Groundbreaking on Basin Electric Power Cooperative Carbon Capture Partnership

Basin Electric Power Cooperative (Basin Electric) and Kawasaki Heavy Industries joined with state officials in Gillette, Wyoming to break ground on two facilities designed to use carbon captured at Basin Electric’s Dry Fork Station. The facilities will be the largest non-solvent-based capture plant in the world and will collect the flue gas produced by the 405-megawatt station,...

Basin Electric Power Cooperative to Purchase Generating Capacity from Technology Group Wartsila to Ensure Reliability and Expand Offerings

The Basin Electric Power Cooperative (Basin) will acquire generation balancing capacity through the Pioneer Generation Station Phase IV power plant owned by technology group Wartsila. The six 50SG gas engines have a combined output of 108 megawatts, balancing Basin’s generation from variable renewable resources.

North Dakota Generation and Transmission Cooperative’s Battery Rate Delivers Member Savings, Technology

In 2020, Basin Electric Power Cooperative (Basin) incorporated a member-owned trial battery rate into its rate schedule to permit its all-requirements contract members to test energy storage technology to reduce peak demand costs. The rate provision allows for up to 150 kilowatts of battery storage per distribution cooperative, and allows the cooperatives to decide when to charge and...

Basin Electric Power Cooperative Announced Power Purchase Agreement with ENGIE North America for 200 Megawatts of Wind Energy

Basin Electric Power Cooperative announced a twenty-five year, 200 megawatt power purchase agreement with ENGIE North America’s North Bend Wind facility in South Dakota, expected to come online in late 2023. The North Bend facility will power 73,000 homes and reduce the region’s carbon emissions by 620,000 tonnes per year.

Basin Electric Power Cooperative Seeks to Expand Natural Gas Generation

In part to respond to a growing data center industry in McKenzie County, North Dakota, Basin Electric Power Cooperative has sought state approval to build Pioneer Generation Station Phase IV, an expansion of their existing 242 megawatt natural gas-fired facility. The $670 million project would increase the facility’s capacity by 141%.

North Dakota Cooperative Proposes Expansion of Gas-Fired Generation Station

Basin Electric Power Cooperative is proposing to add two 235 megawatt simple-cycle combustion turbines and six 18.8 megawatt reciprocal internal combustion engines to its gas-fired Pioneer Generation Station in McKenzie County, North Dakota to address increased demand from the rapid increase in development of computer server farm facilities that host data centers and cyroptocurrency...

Basin Electric to Invest in Transmission Line Projects

Basin Electric will invest nearly half a billion dollars to develop three projects: the East Loop transmission project, the Roundup-to-Kummer Ridge transmission line, and the East Fork substation. The projects are expected to be completed by 2024 and 2025 and will support load growth in both residential and commercial power loads.

Basin Electric to Purchase Interest in NTEC

ALLETE, Inc. announced that it is selling a portion of its ownership stake in the planned Nemadji Trail Energy Center (NTEC) to Basin Electric Power Cooperative. NTEC is a proposed combined-cycle, natural gas power plant to be built in Superior, Wisconsin, and is expected to be capable of delivering approximately 600 MW.

Iowa, North Dakota Utilities Seek $77 Million for Power Provided During Polar Vortex

Basin Electric and North Iowa Municipal Electric Cooperative Association filed a complaint with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeking payment of $77 million from Southwest Power Pool for agreeing to provide energy during February 2021’s polar vortex. At issue is whether the utilities should be paid, even though some operations were temporarily offline during the...

Southwest Power Pool Starts Energy Balancing Market in West

Southwest Power Pool announced on Monday, February 1, that at midnight it launched its Western Energy Imbalance Service (WEIS) market. Several regional utilities are participating in this WEIS market, including Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Deseret Power Electric Cooperative and Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association.

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