Basin Electric signs contract for wind generation

Dec. 23, 2013 – Bismarck, N.D. – Basin Electric signed a power purchase agreement on Dec. 20 associated with the development of a new wind project to be developed in South Dakota.

The project is co-owned by Fagen Inc. of Granite Falls, Minn., and the principals of Dakota Plains Energy, Aberdeen, S.D., and is planned to be operational by the end of 2015.

“The Campbell County Wind Farm is proud to have been selected to provide 98 megawatts (MW) of clean, affordable energy to nearly 30,000 homes in the Upper Midwest,” said Rob Johnson, president and principal of Dakota Plains Energy. “We are pleased for the opportunity to showcase South Dakota’s superior wind energy assets along with providing the local economy with a positive impact for years to come.”

This follows Basin Electric’s November announcement to enter into two power purchase agreements for an additional 278-MW of wind power from projects in North Dakota to be operational by the end of 2015. 

With the addition of these new projects, the renewable portion of Basin Electric’s generating portfolio will be more than 1,100 MW. “We are pleased to grow our generating portfolio with another wind project,” said Andrew M. Serri, Basin Electric CEO and general manager. “We are especially happy to work with a developer in our neighboring state, where we already have a generation presence. The cornerstone of a strong generation portfolio is diversity. This project will add to our robust mix of coal, gas, wind, waste heat, nuclear and oil.”


About Basin Electric Power Cooperative

Basin Electric is a consumer-owned, regional cooperative headquartered in Bismarck, N.D. It generates and transmits electricity to 137 member rural electric systems in nine states: Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. These member systems distribute electricity to about 2.8 million consumers.


About Dakota Plains Energy, Inc.


The only South Dakota-based utility-scale wind farm developer, Dakota Plains Energy is based in Aberdeen with a regional office in the Brainerd Lakes, Minn. area. Dakota Plains Energy values its long-standing relationships with Midwestern communities and offers an understanding and respect of rural and small-town sensibilities combined with expertise in rural energy project management. The company continues to explore additional large-scale projects in southeastern South Dakota and Iowa.