About Us

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Corporate profile

  • A not-for-profit generation and transmission cooperative incorporated in 1961 to provide supplemental power to a consortium of rural electric cooperatives
  • Diverse energy portfolio: coal, gas, oil, distributed, and renewable energy, including wind power
  • Consumer owned by 141 member cooperative systems
  • Serves 3 million electric consumers
  • Members' service territories comprise 550,000 square miles in nine states
  • At end of year 2020, Basin Electric operates 5,199 megawatts (MW) of wholesale electric generating capability and have 7,025 MW of capability within its resource portfolio
  • Operates 11 maintenance shop output locations in 4 states
  • Owns 2,513 miles and maintains 2,536 miles of high-voltage transmission
  • Owns and/or maintains substation equipment in 90 locations and has equipment ownership in 17 additional locations
  • Owns and maintains telecommunications equipment at 217 telecommunication sites

Statistics updated March 8, 2021.

Resource profile

Basin Electric’s core business is generating and transmitting wholesale bulk electric power to customers, primarily to our 141 member rural electric systems, which are located in nine states: Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Our largest subsidiary, the for-profit Dakota Gasification Company, owns and operates the Great Plains Synfuels Plant near Beulah, North Dakota, which gasifies lignite coal and captures some of the carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) and sends them to produce several value-added products.

Basin Electric will own 4,218 megawatts (MW) and operate 5,199 MW of electric generating capability by end of year 2021, of which 981 MW is for participants of the Missouri Basin Power Project (MBPP), and 80 MW is jointly owned by Basin Electric and its Class A member, Corn Belt Power Cooperative, Humboldt, Iowa. Our electric generation facilities are located in North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, and Iowa. Most of Basin Electric's baseload capacity comes from coal. Peaking facilities are oil or natural gas-based.

Basin Electric’s total winter season generation capability portfolio by the winter 2020/2021 season was 7,025 MW. Of that, Basin Electric has purchased a total of 2,807 MW of electric generation capability, including 1,525 total MW from renewable resources of which 1,481 MW are from wind turbines, and 44 MW are waste heat energy (known as recovered energy generation - REG). 

Basin Electric Power Cooperative is one of the largest electric generation and transmission (G&T) cooperatives in the United States. We are the parent company of five subsidiaries.