Small generation could change the power-supply landscape

Verendrye solar power

Tom Jespersen (far right), an energy advisor for Verendrye Electric Cooperative, shows some Minot State University students how the cooperative’s solar pasture well systems work near Velva, ND.

Small, privately-owned wind turbines used to be anomalies along the quiet two-lane highways stretching across rural America.

Those turbines, however, and other small customer-owned generation such as solar panels, are becoming more common and could lead to a change in how Basin Electric and other electric cooperatives go about providing electrical service for their members.

A growing emergence of small customer-owned generation has electric cooperatives asking questions they need to find answers for.

Learn about the movement toward renewable and the challenges that poses electric cooperatives in in the January-February 2015 issue of Basin Today: Small generation looming large.

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