When Basin Electric participated in a nationwide emergency response exercise last November, the cooperative wanted Justin Morgen on its team.
And for good reason – he has key knowledge of Basin Electric’s electrical grid. More importantly, he knows how to protect it.
Morgen, Antelope Valley Station electrical engineer I, was one of multiple Basin Electric employees to take part in GridEx III, administered by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). Over the past year, he’s been studying up on NERC requirements to help enhance grid reliability for Basin Electric.
His job is part of a larger goal of serving Basin Electric and its membership.
“It’s always good to be prepared, and it was impressive to see the collaboration of various people working together through GridEx III,” Morgen says.
Of course, there’s a lot worth protecting in the cooperative’s service area and beyond. Like many of his colleagues, Morgen appreciates family, and the little things like his pool league and outdoor activities.
Morgen understands much of the membership’s livelihood is powered by electricity. He takes pride in standing by Basin Electric’s mission to deliver safe, reliable and affordable power to those at the end of the line.
“We’re all serious about showing up and getting the job done because it would negatively impact a number of places if plants like Antelope Valley went offline,” he says.
It’s in Morgen’s nature to help others. Having grown up on a farm, he enjoys helping friends out with farming and working cattle in his free time.
Morgen likes how Basin Electric employees work closely together. Watch the video.
“The people at Basin Electric are a close-knit bunch and I like that,” he says. “Many people are on a first-name basis here. It’s nice to know I’m not just a number lost in a huge machine.”
Morgen also appreciates the culture of work-life balance at Basin Electric.
“It’s not all about work all of the time,” he says. “It’s nice to be able to have a little bit of fun here and there, as well.”
Morgen is happy he found a position at Basin Electric. He takes pride in helping bring quality to the cooperative, and enjoys serving its member-owners.
“Cooperatives have a unique significance. That becomes obvious when growing up outside of a small town that was at least an hour away from the closest larger town or city,” he says. “I’m in the right place.”