Cooperative leaders lend expertise on Clean Power Plan

Information is power – especially for the power industry.

The North Dakota Department of Health has been hosting public input meetings on the Clean Power Plan.

Basin Electric staff provided comments at the meetings held in Beulah on Nov. 12, Williston on Nov. 9, Bismarck on Nov. 16, and Fargo on Nov. 18.

Basin Electric staff also attended an EPA public hearing Nov. 16 in Denver, CO.

Watch the News Briefs section of for news on those meetings.

Dale Niezwaag

Dale Niezwaag, Basin Electric senior legislative representative, expressed the importance of public input during the Clean Power Plan Town Hall Nov. 4.

During the 2015 Basin Electric Annual Meeting Basin Electric members learned more about the Clean Power Plan.

The Clean Power Plan Town Hall was loaded with industry experts who provided the cooperative’s membership with information on the state of the industry, as well as perspectives on meeting or beating EPA’s recently released rule, which calls for a 45 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030.

In its proposed plan, EPA asked for an 11 percent reduction. The drastically altered plan puts the Midwest in a tough position, one Basin Electric addressed in the Town Hall.

Presentations focused largely on the importance of public input, receiving credit for completed green energy projects, more time to meet the rule, the stable price of coal (the U.S. has 28 percent of the world’s supply), avoided stranded generation investments, costly new generation and dramatic grid alterations.

Watch the Town Hall in full: Part 1 and Part 2.

More on the town hall on Live Wire: Clean Power Plan discussed during Annual Meeting Town Hall

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