Renewable sources of energy are a big deal for Basin Electric. Take the cooperative’s current portfolio. At the end of 2013, more than 10 percent of the resources Basin Electric owns or purchases to fulfill its energy obligations come from renewable sources like wind and waste heat.
Getting there didn’t happen overnight, but it has been an aggressive resource development program. In fact, the cooperative’s first venture with a renewable wind project began only about 12 years ago with two 1.3-megawatt turbines north of Chamberlain, SD. It was a small project in cooperation with Class A member East River Electric Power Cooperative, but it was significant on multiple levels and opened a door to further opportunities.
Read more in the story Renewed focus on renewables in the January-February 2014 issue of Basin Today. The article explains how Basin Electric added more than 757 megawatts of renewable capacity to its portfolio in just over a decade, and what the cooperative is doing now to increase that capacity even more by exploring both wind and solar opportunities.