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.

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How we serve with Montana Limestone Company

Montana Limestone Company is a relatively small operation that has a big impact on Basin Electric and its membership.

Battery storage system means extra reliability for NIPCO

In 2019, Basin Electric introduced a member-owned trial battery rate allocating up to 150 kilowatts (kW) per Class C member.

Strength and value as a generation and transmission cooperative

Unlike other energy providers whose rates may only include energy, Basin Electric's rates include many other essential services that others charge...

Basin Electric focuses on sustainability

At Basin Electric, sustainability is the commitment we make to our members to meet their needs while ensuring future generations will thrive.

Changes to bylaws & resolutions approved at 2022 Annual Meeting

A change to Basin Electric's bylaws was approved at the 2022 Annual Meeting of the Membership on Nov. 9.

Regular maintenance means continued dependability at Laramie River Station

Plants like Laramie River Station have a direct impact on long-term power, and that's why scheduled outages and regular maintenance are so important.

Adding major transmission infrastructure in western North Dakota

The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) conducted an Integrated Transmission Planning study and in 2021 determined the need for extensive new transmission...

South Dakota co-op and dairy have an 'udderly' good partnership

“We don’t just want to be a business that just happens to be located there, we want to develop partnerships and relationships with the people and...

How we serve: with distributed generation

"Basically everything we do affects the membership. What's good for the membership is good for us."

Reliability remains top priority after summer assessment points to possible shortfalls

This spring and summer, reports of energy shortfalls that could potentially lead to power interruptions were featured on numerous media outlets....

Rural America becomes even more electrified

Today, agriculture and energy are more closely entwined than ever before.

Cryptocurrency - The modern-day gold rush

Basin Electric’s service area is prime real estate for data centers and cryptocurrency developers.

Working hard and taking opportunities: Steve Johnson retiring after 40 years

Johnson’s career with the cooperative began in 1982 when he crossed paths with a former college classmate who told him that she was a budget...

A day in the life of Senior Fleet and Logistics Administrator Nathan Johnson

Johnson says his goal is always to minimize the landed cost of a shipment, meaning what it costs to get a part or equipment to one of the facilities.

Vastness and variety set Montana co-op apart

Central Montana Electric’s distribution cooperatives serve some of the most rural areas in Montana.

Meet new Basin Electric Director Jerry Beck

Jerry Beck represents District 11 replacing retired director Charlie Gilbert.

Dry Fork Station upgrades air quality controls, saves cooperative $1 million annually

Going forward, the team plans to continue looking for ways to increase efficiencies to save even more money.

Dave Raatz retires after 41 years

Some of Dave Raatz’s favorite work has had to do with negotiating power sale and purchase arrangements, resource planning, and member rate design.

A day in the life of Load Forecast Analysts

The team monitors changes in a variety of industries, including agriculture, ethanol, oil and gas, coal, housing, and more.

How Basin Electric's new partnership in Wisconsin builds on a long-term strategy

Basin Electric announced in September a partnership with Dairyland Power Cooperative of La Crosse, Wisconsin, and ALLETE, of Duluth, Minnesota, to...

Iowa's Electric Cooperatives shine the light on exemplary community service volunteers

The Touchstone Energy Cooperatives of Iowa sponsored a new contest to highlight their cooperative commitment to community.

Cracking the code: Carbon sequestration project will benefit environment, co-op

Basin Electric is embarking on an innovative project that will benefit the environment by sequestering and permanently storing carbon dioxide from...

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.

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”...

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...

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...

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...

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'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...

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,...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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 Resolutions Committee meets

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

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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.

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.

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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.

CEO Talk

Read CEO and General Manager Todd Telesz's latest column on the CEO Talk page.

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