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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.

Coop to Issue Request for Proposal for Solar and Wind

Basin Electric Power Cooperative will be issuing a Request for Proposal for solar and wind power proposals in the Southwest Power Pool and Midcontinent Independent System Operator Zone 1 or 3.

Cooperatives Decide to Join Southwest Power Pool Market

Basin Electric Power Cooperative and Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association announced their decision to join Southwest Power Pool’s (SPP) Western Energy Imbalance Service (WEIS) market. When SPP launches the WEIS in February 2021, it will become the market administrator for these and potentially other electric utilities in the west.

Coop CEO Testifies in Support of Carbon Capture Technology Legislation

Basin Electric Power Cooperative CEO, Paul Sukut, told a Senate panel that he supports efforts to help electric cooperatives develop technology to capture carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fueled power plants and turn them into useful products.

Rural Cooperatives Shift Toward Cleaner Power Generation Mix

Low gas prices, the federal production tax credit and state renewables mandates are leading to a cleaner power generation mix for rural cooperatives. Specifically, wind power, natural gas and related technology innovation are dominating growth of cooperatives’ energy generation. According to the American Wind Energy Association, electric cooperatives added more than 900 MW of new wind...

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 annually.

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...

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