When Leland Olds Station, located near Stanton, ND, went commercial in 1966, it was the largest lignite coal-based power plant in the entire Western Hemisphere. The plant was Basin Electric’s first generating unit, built to supply electricity to a growing membership. The coal plant’s generation supplemented the electricity generated at the hydroelectric dams along the Missouri River.
Since then, the plant has been the site of several projects, additions and changes, to improve availability and environmental performance.
Check out the Leland Olds Station timeline in the January/February issue of Basin Today magazine: Leland Olds Station: Workhorse of the Basin Electric fleet