Antelope Valley Station featured by Lignite Energy Council

Lignite Energy Council recently published a feature on Antelope Valley Station. Following is an excerpt of the article.


Chad Edwards, Antelope Valley Station plant manager.

Antelope Valley Station, north of Beulah, ND, stands out among Basin Electric’s fleet of electric generation resources for several reasons  – size, dependability, and location. The plant is located next to the largest lignite mine in the United States and the nation’s only synfuels plant that turns lignite into synthetic natural gas and nine other valuable products.

“Antelope Valley Station is a very affordable and reliable generation source,” said Chad Edwards, plant manager at Antelope Valley Station. “We are part of a $4 billion industrial complex that includes the Freedom Mine and the Great Plains Synfuels Plant. We share resources with each other that help our efficiency and keeps our costs down.”

Built in the early 1980s, the 900-megawatt plant first began producing power in 1984. A rule of thumb is that one megawatt of capacity produces enough electricity to serve 800 customers. Thus, Antelope Valley Station has the capacity to serve nearly three-quarters of a million homes and businesses — more customers than are found in North Dakota.

Transmission lines connected to Antelope Valley Station run in all directions with two of them running to major substations in South Dakota and another two heading toward western North Dakota’s oil fields and towns. Antelope Valley is also the largest single supplier of electricity to Basin Electric’s membership, which spans nine states and 141 member cooperatives, who in turn serve 3 million end-use consumers. Basin Electric is part owner of the Laramie River Station in Wyoming – which is larger – but Basin Electric’s share in the Wyoming plant is smaller than Antelope Valley Station.

Antelope Valley Station uses about 6 million tons of coal a year. The coal is purchased from the neighboring Freedom Mine, which is owned by The Coteau Properties Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of North American Coal Corporation. The mine sends coal to the nearby gasification plant where they accept chunks of coal appropriate for the gasification process and send the smaller coal pieces or “fines” over to Antelope Valley where they are pulverized further into fine powder consistency required at the plant.

Read more: Antelope Valley Station: A model of affordable and reliable generation


Antelope Valley Station, north of Beulah, ND.

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