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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.

Wyoming Carbon Storage Project Advances to Next Phase

Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s Dry Fork Station is inching closer to adding carbon dioxide storage to its advanced coal technology, an action that could help control emissions and eventually lead to commercial uses for the compound.

Southwest Pool Power Considering Westward Expansion

Regional transmission operator Southwest Pool Power (SPP) announced interest in a western state expansion after a recent study found the move would produce $49 million a year in savings. If membership is pursued, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Deseret Power Electric Cooperative and Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, amongst others, could become the first members to...

Basin Electric Cooperative Sees Challenging Year in 2020; Load Returning

Paul Sukut, General Manager of Basin Electric Power Cooperative, said that while 2020 has been a challenging year, the pre-COVID-19 load is slowly returning. To further that growth, Basin is working on finding new sources of power that are low-carbon or no carbon emissions, including solar power and wind turbines.

Basin Electric’s Carbon Storage Study Moves on to Geophysical Survey

Work toward a commercial-scale geological carbon dioxide storage complex near Gillette, Wyoming moved to the next stage today with a geophysical survey covering about 9 square miles of rural land around Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s (Basin) Dry Fork Station power plant. Basin and other partners are working to develop a site near Dry Fork Station and the Wyoming Integrated Test...

Basin Electric and Clēnera Renewable Energy Announce PPA for Montana Solar Project

Basin Electric Power Cooperative and Clēnera Renewable Energy announced the execution of a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the Cabin Creek Solar Project, which will consist of two, 75 MW projects in southeastern Montana.

Wyoming Carbon Storage Project Advances

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory has awarded a $15 million grant to advance carbon capture and storage technology research for preliminary work on a geological storage facility near Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s Dry Fork Station in Wyoming.

Basin Electric and Geronimo Energy Announce Solar PPA

Basin Electric and Geronimo Energy announced the execution of a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the Wild Springs Solar Project. This project is a 128 MW solar project located in South Dakota, and is expected to begin operations in 2022.

Basin Signs PPA with Enel Green Power

Enel Green Power North America has started construction of the 299 MW Aurora wind farm in North Dakota, which is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2020. Basin Electric Power Cooperative (Basin) entered into a 23-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for a 142 MW portion of the Aurora wind farm.

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