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Basin Electric Power Cooperative is a wholesale electric generation and transmission cooperative based in North Dakota that provides electricity to 2.8 million customers in nine U.S. states. The roots of the cooperative go back to 1960 when Leland Olds and ten power suppliers created Giant Power Cooperative. Giant Power was first going to be a generation and transmission cooperative, but to keep electricity cheaper for rural customers, Basin Electric Power Cooperative was started in 1961. Today, Basin Electric's power sources include coal, natural gas, and wind. The current CEO and General Manager is Ronald R. Harper. The cooperative captures half of its CO2 in a system developed during the Carter administration. In 2005, the membership of Basin Electric passed a resolution requiring 10 percent of electricity demand to be provided from renewable forms of energy. At the end of 2009, Basin Electric finished construction on a 77 turbine wind energy project.[1]


Member cooperatives


Direct purchasing


  • Central Power Electric Cooperative - Minot, North Dakota
  • Central Montana Electric Power Cooperative - Great Falls, Montana
  • Corn Belt Power Cooperative - Humboldt, Iowa[2]
  • East River Electric Power Cooperative - Madison, South Dakota
  • L & O Power Cooperative - Rock Rapids, Iowa
  • Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative - LeMars, Iowa
  • Rushmore Electric Power Cooperative - Rapid City, South Dakota
  • Upper Missouri G&T Electric Cooperative - Sidney, Montana
  • Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association - Denver, Colorado

Class D Members

  • Flathead Electric Cooperative - Kalispell & Libby, Montana
  • Wyoming Municipal Power Agency - Lusk, Wyoming

States served by Basin Electric

Power Generation

  • Antelope Valley Station
  • Chamberlain Wind Project
  • Earl F. Wisdom Generating Station Unit 2
  • Groton Generating Station
  • Laramie River Station (co-owners and operator)
  • Leland Olds Station
  • Madison Peaking Units
  • Minot Wind Project
  • North Dakota Wind Energy Center I
  • Pipestone Wind Project
  • Rosebud Wind Project
  • Recovered Energy Generation
  • Spirit Mound Station
  • South Dakota Wind Energy Center
  • Wilton Wind Energy Center
  • Wyoming Distributed Generation

Subsidiary companies

Board of directors

  • President Wayne Child, District 5
  • Vice President Cliff Gjellstad, District 3
  • Sec/Treasurer Kermit Pearson, District 1
  • Asst. Secretary Don Applegate, District 4
  • Director Gary Drost, District 2
  • Director Charlie Gilbert, District 11[2]
  • Director Roy Ireland, District 7
  • Director Dean McCabe, District 8
  • Director Wayne Peltier, District 9
  • Director Roberta Rohrer, District 6
  • Director Reuben Ritthaler, District 10


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