Andrew M. Serri ushered in his first Basin Electric annual meeting by lighting up the room and outlining his “lights on the tree,” those “bright lights facing Basin Electric requiring our attention and focus.”
Serri elaborated on some of those lights, including safety, workforce planning, serving the Williston Basin oil-related load, making Dakota Gasification Company profitable, the evaluation on whether to join a Regional Transmission Organization and risk management.
On workforce planning
“Last year we lost 62 to retirement. This year, we’re expecting more than 80 retirements. In the next five years, this number will grow to more than 200.” He said Basin Electric is engaged in a strategic initiative aimed at identifying key positions and cross training, along with focus on the next generation through education and youth development, and lastly, with employee retention.
Serri shared a video that outlined three Basin Electric employees who represent the cooperative’s current workforce.
On Bakken growth
“We are projecting a need of an additional 1,650 megawatts of power for our system by 2025,” he said. Serri described plans under way to build additional natural gas turbines in the Williston and Watford City areas. Additionally, “We’re currently engaged in siting efforts for a 345 kV transmission line that would enhance reliability throughout our region and facilitate delivery of much-needed power to northwestern North Dakota and beyond.”
Serri provided a video snapshot of some of the growth Basin Electric is experiencing in addition to the Williston Basin Growth.