NRECA CEO describes first visit to North Dakota fascinating

Upon arriving in North Dakota Monday afternoon (Sept. 9), some of the first words Jo Ann Emerson spoke were, “I’m excited.”

As the vehicle pulled into the Wilton Wind farm Jo Ann Emerson (center) said, "Wind turbines are quite handsome on the right landscape." Guiding Emerson on the tour were Daryl Hill (left), Basin Electric manager of media and community relations, and Mike Eggl, senior vice president of Communications & Administration.

As the vehicle pulled into the Wilton Wind farm Jo Ann Emerson (center) said, “Wind turbines are quite handsome on the right landscape.” Guiding Emerson on the tour were Daryl Hill (left) and Mike Eggl.


Emerson, the CEO of NRECA (National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association), had never been to North Dakota before and was pleasantly surprised, not only by the landscape, but by the vast resources within that landscape. Watch the video to learn what she enjoyed most about the tour she was given of Basin Electric and North Dakota energy resources.

Guided on this quick, but thorough, excursion by Basin Electric’s Daryl Hill, Basin Electric manager of media and community relations, and Mike Eggl, senior vice president of Communications & Administration, Emerson was able to get a quick picture near a wind turbine at the Wilton Wind Project; received a brief history of Basin Electric’s most senior facility, the Leland Olds Station; saw a reclaimed mine (Glenharold Mine) to which she said, “It’s stunning;” saw at least five power generation facilities within the North Dakota horizon; received a VIP tour of the Great Plains Synfuels Plant; and though rained out of getting into the field, was able to get within a nose of the huge tires on the coal hauling trucks at the Freedom Mine.

Emerson was thrilled with everything she got to see. “In North Dakota, you all have amazing opportunities with natural resources that other states are dying to have themselves.”

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