South Dakota lawmakers tour coal mine, power plants (Video)

On July 23, a group of South Dakota legislators got a lesson in how Basin Electric operates.

The group was learning about electricity, how it’s made, and what types of challenges the industry is facing. Some of them were longtime lawmakers and some were new to the game.

The 12 lawmakers started their educational tour July 22 at East River Electric and the South Dakota Rural Electric Association for a history lesson, then moved on to Basin Electric Headquarters, where they rode a bus to tour Antelope Valley Station, the Great Plains Synfuels Plant and the Freedom Mine.

“You can’t replace this, you can’t replace the connection and the visuals and actually being there and being on a turbine floor and hearing that hum and seeing the control boards,” said Ed Anderson, general manager of the South Dakota Rural Electric Association. “You cannot convey scale and you cannot convey the work that goes into this process on a computer screen. Showing this off is important.” Watch the video.

2013 SD lawmaker tour

Rep. Mary Duvall (left) and Sen. Larry Tidemann watch a truck dump a load of coal at The Coteau Properties Co. Freedom Mine.

2013 SD lawmaker tour

Daryl Hill, Basin Electric manager of media and communications relations, gives a tour in the model room at Antelope Valley Station.

More perspective:
Rep. Betty Olson reflects on energy cooperative tour (Rapid City Journal, July 30, 2013)

Basin Electric Energy Tour and the Effect of Federal Regulation on Consumers (Sen. Dan Lederman blog, July 26, 2013)

Sen. Dan Lederman’s photos of tour on Flicker

Sen. Larry Lucas Twitter account, featuring photos and tweets

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