“Basin Electric and its member systems are leaders in helping to develop wind projects in the Dakotas,” said Ron Harper, CEO and general manager of Basin Electric. “In just five months, a lot of hard work by a lot of people brought this project from the drawing board to reality. I’m very proud of our efforts in providing renewable generation to our members and incorporating it with an already efficient fleet of generation facilities.”
“It’s tremendously exciting to be part of the Day County Wind Energy Center Dedication. This short-term purchase fits our strategic goals for purchasing replacement power and promotes renewable resources. As we deliver cost-based, renewable, non-carbon emitting federal hydropower to our firm customers, Western Area Power Administration continually recognizes the enormous value in customer partnerships. This Day County agreement is just one example of many successful partnerships Western has with Basin Electric,” said Western’s Administrator Tim Meeks.
“East River is pleased to be a part of expanding the use of wind energy for both its members and Basin Electric. East River’s workforce demonstrated exceptional efforts building transmission to energize this project. We are pleased to be an integral part of making this project happen,” says Jeff Nelson, East River general manager.
The Day County project is NextEra Energy Resources’ third wind project in South Dakota. Through its affiliates, the company also owns and operates the 40.5-MW South Dakota Wind Energy Center in Hyde County and the 51-MW Wessington Springs Wind Energy Center in Jerauld County. In total, NextEra Energy Resources currently operates more than 9,000 wind turbines in 17 states and Canada that are capable of generating enough power for more than 1.9 million average homes.About NextEra Energy Resources NextEra Energy Resources, LLC is a clean energy leader and one of the largest competitive energy suppliers in North America. A subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: FPL), NextEra Energy Resources is the largest generator in North America of renewable energy from the wind and sun. It operates clean, emissions-free nuclear power generation facilities in New Hampshire, Iowa and Wisconsin as part of the NextEra Energy nuclear fleet, which is the third largest in the United States. NextEra Energy had 2009 revenues of more than $15 billion, nearly 43,000 megawatts of generating capacity, and more than 15,000 employees in 28 states and Canada. For more information, visit www.NextEraEnergyResources.com. About Basin Electric Power Cooperative Basin Electric is a consumer-owned, regional cooperative headquartered in Bismarck, N.D. It generates and transmits electricity to 135 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. For more information, go to www.basinelectric.com. About East River Electric Cooperative East River Electric Power Cooperative is a wholesale electric power supply cooperative distributing power to 25 member systems throughout eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota. As members of Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives, East River members serve more than 92,000 homes and businesses affecting 250,000 consumers over a 36,000 square mile service area. For more information go to: www.eastriver.coop About Western Area Power Administration Western Area Power Administration is a Federal agency that annually markets and transmits more than 10,000 megawatts of clean, renewable power from hydroelectric power plants owned and operated by the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 15 western and central states. It is part of the Department of Energy. Learn more about Western at www.wapa.gov.