At a Glance

Basin Electric Power Cooperative is a consumer-owned, regional generation and transmission (G&T) cooperative providing wholesale power to member rural electric systems in nine states. The following statistics are for end-of-year (EOY) 2017.

asset mix

Basin Electric's Resource Portfolio (above) consists of generation in megawatts (winter ratings) from owned facilities and purchased power contracts longer than 3 years. The renewables percentage includes wind, recovered energy generation, and flaregas totals.

In 2016, renewable and green generation (wind and recovered energy generation) equaled 12.4 percent of Basin Electric's total energy mix. Note: The actual renewable energy attributes (aka green tags or RECs) of much of that generation was allocated to Basin Electric's members or sold to others and no claims of environmental attributes may be claimed for any part of Basin Electric’s power supply, unless those attributes are assigned to the power claimed as green or renewable.

In 2016, coal-based generation equaled 66.8 percent of Basin Electric's total energy portfolio mix.

In 2016, renewable and green generation (wind, biogas and recovered energy generation) equaled 15.2 percent of member and retail sales. Note: The actual renewable energy attributes (aka green tags or RECs) of much of that generation was allocated to Basin Electric's members or sold to others and no claims of environmental attributes may be claimed for any part of Basin Electric’s power supply, unless those attributes are assigned to the power claimed as green or renewable.

Basin Electric Generation Portfolio

Total Summer (MW) Winter (MW) Summer Capacity (%) Winter Capacity (%)
Wind 1,360.6 1,360.6 21.0 20.3
Recovered Energy Generation 44 44 0.7 0.7
Coal-based 3,167 2,991.2 48.9 44.7
Hydroelectric dams 37.9 315.7 0.6 4.7
Nuclear 60.2 62.2 0.9 0.9
Natural Gas 1,270.6 1,368.5 19.6 20.4
Oil, diesel and jet fuel 161.1 186.8 2.5 2.8
Unspecified Purchased Power 369 369 5.7 5.5
Total generation 6,470.4 6,698    
Owned Generation 4,076 4,217 63.0 63.0
Purchased Generation 2,394 2,481 37.0 37.0
Operated Generation 5,063 5,205    
  • Capacity chart indicates only generation owned by Basin Electric or purchased power longer than three years.
  • Maximum capacity in megawatts (MW)

Committed Projects for 2017 and beyond

Fuel Resources Locations Summer Winter Date of completion Purchased power/seller
Wind Burke Wind Burke County, ND 200 200 Late 2019 NextEra Energy Resources
  • Maximum capacity in megawatts (MW)

Transmission

System Joint Ownership Total Circuit Miles BEPC Owned BEPC Maintained
Southwest Power Pool Southwest Power Pool members   1,746 1,709
Common Use System Basin Electric, Black Hills Power, Powder River Energy Corporation (PRECorp) 910 279 346
MBPP System Basin Electric, Tri-State G&T, WMPA, MRES, Lincoln Electric, Heartland Consumers Power District 681 288 301
Other     43 84
Basin Electric Total   2,185 2,349

Subsidiaries