Wind generation among lowest cost options to meet members’ energy needs

Wind turbines and fencelineThe winds of change are blowing at Basin Electric.

Electric cooperatives nationwide are navigating a rapidly-evolving energy landscape. At the forefront of that change is renewable energy generation, specifically wind generation.

Wind generation is among the least-cost alternative resources to meet Basin Electric’s member load forecast levels, which shows growth from 2015 to 2035 at 1.4 percent annually across the membership.

By the 2016-2017 winter season, Basin Electric expects to expand the current level of renewable generating capacity to about 1,577 megawatts (MW) of purchased wind generation capacity online, or one-quarter of the cooperative’s total portfolio of electric nameplate generating capacity.

Read more in the July-August 2016 Basin Today: Basin Electric purchases renewables to meet members’ needs


  1. Kim Buntrock says:

    It would be interesting to compare the cost of unsubsidized wind energy to alternatives.

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