Basin Electric is a not-for-profit generation and transmission cooperative incorporated in 1961 to provide supplemental power to a consortium of rural electric cooperatives. It has a diverse energy portfolio: coal, gas, oil, nuclear, distributed, and renewable energy, including wind power. It is a consumer-owned cooperative with 141 member cooperative systems serving 3 million electric consumers.
Basin Electric’s core business is generating and transmitting wholesale bulk electric power to customers, primarily to member rural electric systems, which are located in nine states: Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. Its largest subsidiary, the for-profit Dakota Gasification Company, owns and operates the Great Plains Synfuels Plant near Beulah, ND, which gasifies lignite coal and captures some of the carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) and sends them to depleted Canadian oil fields for geologic sequestration.
Members' service territories comprise 540,000 square miles. Basin Electric operates 5,205 megawatts (MW) of wholesale electric generating capacity and has 6,629 MW of capacity within its generation portfolio. The cooperative owns 2,356 miles and maintains 2,441 miles of high-voltage transmission, and owns and maintains equipment in 81 switchyards and 195 telecommunication sites.
1717 East Interstate Avenue ♦ Bismarck, ND 58503-0564 USA ♦ Phone: 701-223-0441