Basin Today


Basin Today is a quarterly magazine sent to members, employees, and industry partners. The stories are also posted on this website. If you are interested in being added to the mailing list, contact editor Angela Magstadt.

Recent Posts

Talking with Todd Telesz

Todd Telesz joined Basin Electric on Sept, 1, 2021, as CEO & general manager. We asked him a few questions so we can get to know Basin Electric’s...

Basin Electric's Paul Sukut retires after 38 years at the cooperative

While Paul Sukut’s time as CEO features several flashy milestones, the decades he spent previously at Basin Electric are what shaped his time...

East River Electric supports individuals with differing abilities through local organization

For nearly 60 years, East River, a Basin Electric Class A member headquartered in Madison, South Dakota, has hosted an annual “mountain oyster”...

Using their noodles: How Dakota Growers Pasta works with Northern Plains Electric

Dakota Growers, which is a member of Northern Plains Electric Cooperative, a Basin Electric Class C member headquartered in Carrington, sources its...

Great Plains Synfuels Plant's ability to shift production has meant millions for Dakota Gas this summer

In addition to increased demand and high prices on DEF, urea and natural gas prices have been higher than normal as well.

Daring to innovate: 60 years of ambition

A look back at some of the pivotal decisions that made Basin Electric the successful cooperative it is today.

Wright-Hennepin Electric Cooperative builds an environmental oasis outside the big city

Not far from the buzz of the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, lies a cooperative that has created a haven for bees,...

Basin Electric's first female senior vice president ends 40-year career

Diane Paul, Basin Electric senior vice president of Human Resources is retiring after a 40-year career, and looks back on her time with the...

A day in the life of Lead Substation Electrician Adam Malsom

Adam Malsom is one of six people that make up the Huron, South Dakota, Transmission System Maintenance (TSM) outpost.

Basin Electric employees battle below zero to get unit on grid

Employees from Basin Electric’s Transmission System Maintenance (TSM) division stepped up for what became a marathon battle in the cold.

How we are notified of potential and impending energy emergencies

It is important for Basin Electric, its member cooperatives, and members at the end of the line to understand what energy emergency alerts mean so...

How Basin Electric's power plant professionals prepared and performed during the February energy emergency

To understand how unusual this February was, “There are years I didn’t run this station at all. Since we’ve been in SPP (Southwest Power Pool), I...

A day in the life of Station Operator Zachary Wager

On a daily basis, Zachary Wager looks at the boiler, where the main combustion of the coal takes place, and at all of the equipment that goes with...

Firm pipeline capacity instrumental during energy emergency

Dakota Gasification Company’s Great Plains Synfuels Plant in Beulah, North Dakota, fits uniquely in the picture as it produces natural gas as well...

Member co-ops communicate through crisis

Electric cooperatives stepped up with answers, deploying a variety of tools from their communication toolboxes to prepare, inform, and connect with...

Rainy day funds help Basin Electric weather the storm

What did Basin Electric do differently than these other energy providers – the ones that had to borrow hundreds of millions of dollars or even file...

Whetstone Valley Electric family recognized in national #whopowersyou contest

Now in its fifth year, the national contest elevates co-op members who embody the cooperative principle of commitment to community.

Dakota Gas carbon capture: Improving the environment and the bottom line

On Nov. 10, 2020, the Beulah, North Dakota, plant reached the milestone of capturing 40 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2). The Great...

A day in the life of North Dakota lead lineman Wayne Bentz

Basin Electric employs 22 lineworkers to cover more than 2,500 miles of line. The crews are based out of seven outposts in four states across the...

Basin Electric's strategic focus on ratings

Meetings with ratings agencies Fitch Ratings, Moody’s Investors Service, and S&P Global Ratings are conducted twice a year to keep the agencies up...

New Western Energy Imbalance Service Market will launch Feb. 1

WEIS is a real-time market that takes advantage of a diverse mix of generating resources to optimize the use of the Western Interconnection...

Members assemble virtually for the first time ever at 2020 Basin Electric annual meeting

The meeting’s theme, “Listen and Lead,” was chosen to represent the cooperative’s focus on listening to member concerns as Basin Electric leads the...

Could WEIS lead to a full RTO?

A recent SPP study found that a full RTO could produce $49 million a year in savings to its members, compared to present operations.

A day in the life of Alarm Monitor/Service Dispatcher Donavon Dick

On the security side, Donavon Dick monitors cameras, access logs, and alarms throughout the Headquarters complex and at the cooperative’s remote...

Basin Electric Bylaw Review Committee recommends changes to bylaws

As required by the bylaws, the four proposed amendments were included in the Notice of Annual Meeting, which was mailed Oct. 13.

Basin Electric Resolutions Committee meets

No new resolutions were brought forward by the membership thus far.

Measuring the value of membership

“It’s a volatile world out there. Basin has a long-standing history and a tremendous amount of assets, and they’ve managed those assets well. So I...

Wyoming CarbonSAFE to determine whether carbon dioxide can be stored underground near Dry Fork Station

Wyoming CarbonSAFE, implemented by the U.S. Department of Energy, is investigating the feasibility of underground CO2 emissions storage from...

A day in the life of Medical Services Supervisor Stephanie Hottman

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted everyone, but those who work in the medical industry experienced the pandemic up close and personal. Stephanie...

After 41 years, John Jacobs hangs up his hard hat

As those three or four years at Antelope Valley turned into 35, Jacobs’ roles shifted from civil engineer to administrative supervisor of...

Black Hills Electric employee brings more than wheelchairs to people in need

Hope Haven International Ministries’ goal is to deliver wheelchairs to people in desperate need from 109 different countries (due to U.S....

Delayed plant outages at Basin Electric ensure safety, save money

In addition to the cost savings, delaying the outages will allow Basin Electric the foresight to see if a four-year outage schedule would be...

A day in the life of Financial Reporting Manager Katrina Wald

Katrina Wald says one of the best parts about working at Basin Electric is the many opportunities to be part of cross-functional working groups.

Basin Electric moving forward with Lonesome Creek Station Unit 6

Employees are currently assembling a revised 2020 load forecast, since much of the load growth projected in the Bakken may not materialize as...

Basin Electric's use of drones improves efficiency and safety while reducing costs

With Basin Electric’s increasing use of drones, the cooperative is developing procedures so there are clear guidelines to follow. A task force led...

Initiative strengthens, modernizes cooperative's infrastructure

The concern of aging infrastructure is not only an issue at Basin Electric, but for the electric utility industry as a whole across the country.

New technology will improve efficiency of Wilton Wind Projects

Performance upgrades on Wilton 2 were completed in late 2019 and Wilton 1 was completed in late April.

Basin Electric's first NERC CIP audit completed

Aside from the months of preparation leading up to the audit, Basin Electric’s CIP team has been meeting regularly for the past six years to...

From field to foam: craft brewing industry taps growth in the Upper Midwest

According to the report, in 2018, the craft brewing industry provided 559,545 total jobs in the United States, with 150,055 jobs directly at...

Membership approves change to bylaws, electric vehicle resolution at Annual Meeting

The Bylaws Committee is made up of one manager and one director from each of Basin Electric’s 11 districts. The Resolutions Committee is made up of...

Sauer retires after 30-year career at Dakota Gas

In June 2013, Sauer was named Dakota Gas senior vice president and chief operating officer, the position he held when he retired.

Strategic planning meetings: the start and heart of every plan

In 2019, Basin Electric set the strategic goal of “stability” in its strategic planning meetings, to stabilize the rates and the cooperative.

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