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Basin Electric Power Cooperative

About Basin Electric Power Cooperative

About Us:

Corporate profile

  • A not-for-profit generation and transmission cooperative incorporated in 1961 to provide supplemental power to a consortium of rural electric cooperatives
  • Diverse energy portfolio: coal, gas, oil, nuclear, distributed, and renewable energy, including wind power
  • Consumer owned by 138 member cooperative systems
  • Members' service territories comprise 540,000 square miles in nine states
  • By end of year 2016 Basin Electric will operate 5,205 megawatts (MW) of wholesale electric generating capacity and have 6,555 MW of capacity within its generation portfolio
  • Owns 2,334 miles and maintains 2,419 miles of high-voltage transmission, and owns and maintains equipment in 85 switchyards and 205 telecommunication sites
  • Serves 2.9 million electric consumers

Energy profile

Basin Electric’s core business is generating and transmitting wholesale bulk electric power to customers, primarily to our member rural electric systems, which are located in nine states: Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Our largest subsidiary, the for-profit Dakota Gasification Company, owns and operates the Great Plains Synfuels Plant near Beulah, ND, which gasifies lignite coal and captures some of the carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) and sends them to depleted Canadian oil fields for geologic sequestration.

Basin Electric will own 4,217 megawatts (MW) and operate 5,205 MW of electric generating capacity by end of year 2016 of which 987 MW is for participants of the Missouri Basin Power Project (MBPP), and 80 MW is jointly owned by Basin Electric and its Class A member, Corn Belt Power Cooperative, Humboldt, IA. Basin Electric owns generation in North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, and Iowa, and additionally purchases power from facilities in Minnesota, Colorado and Nebraska. Most of Basin Electric's baseload capacity comes from coal. Peaking facilities are oil or gas-based.

Basin Electric’s total winter season generation capacity portfolio by end of year 2016 will be 6,555 MW. Of that, Basin Electric has purchased a total of 2,338 MW of electric generation capacity/energy, including 1,577 total MW of renewable energy of which 1,533 MW are wind energy, and 44 MW are waste heat energy (known as recovered energy generation - REG). Our purchased power portfolio also includes 62 MW of nuclear energy.


You should consider our company because:

Basin Electric employs more than 2,000 people at facilities in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Nebraska, and Wyoming. We are a diverse workforce consisting of shift workers, engineers, administrative staff and maintenance professionals who keep our facilities running.


Employer Benefits Available:

Benefits and wellness

Basin Electric offers a competitive pay and benefits package and career growth opportunities. The cooperative offers a generous vacation, sick leave and holiday package, as well as 401(k), pension, medical, dental, flex spending accounts, life and accidental death insurance and long term disability. The cooperative also offers paid education on a sliding scale determined by grades, and interest-free loans for personal computers and exercise equipment. When hired, your relocation costs may be covered.

If you have questions about any of these benefits, contact our Human Resources department.

Medical insurance

  • Coverage starts first day of employment
  • Employee pays a small percentage of premium based on salary

401(k) plan

  • Two options available: Traditional 401(k) and Roth 401(k)
  • Basin Electric contributes/matches a percentage of employee contribution based on employment status
  • A loan option is available

Cancer care / intensive care plans

  • Supplemental insurance for expenses incurred either due to cancer or extended stays in a hospital intensive care unit
  • Different options available
  • Premiums paid by employee through payroll deduction

Dental insurance

  • Two options of coverage available
  • Coverage starts on the first of the month following three months of employment
  • Premiums paid by Employer for Denta 50
  • Employee pays difference in premium for Denta 150

Vision insurance

  • Coverage starts on the first of the month following the first day of employment
  • Premiums paid by employee through payroll deduction

Flexible spending accounts

  • Two separate accounts: Dependent Care Account and Health Care Account
  • Dependent Care Accounts are used to pay for child care expenses while employee and spouse are working
  • Health Care Accounts are used to pay out-of-pocket expenses such as deductibles, co-insurances, and other medical expenses not covered by insurance
  • Contributions are pretax and begin the first of the month following date of employment

Dependent life and accidental death & dismemberment (AD&D) insurance

  • Coverage available for spouse and eligible dependent children.
  • Coverage starts the first of the month following three months of employment
  • Premiums paid by employee through bank deduction

Life and accidental death & dismemberment (AD&D) insurance

  • Coverage determined by rounding up base annual salary to next thousand
  • Coverage starts on the first of the month following three months of employment Employer provides 2X coverage
  • Employee can purchase up to 3X additional coverage through payroll deduction
  • Coverage maximum of $1,000,000 for life insurance
  • Coverage maximum of $1,000,000 for AD&D insurance

Short-term disability

  • 3 month benefit after 7 days of sick/injury off the job
  • 30 day waiting period
  • Premiums paid by employee through payroll deduction

Long-term care

  • Includes nursing home, assisted living, home care, respite care, bed reservation, alternate care, caregiver training, and equipment
  • Different options available
  • Premiums paid by employee through bank deduction

Long-term disability insurance

  • 90-day waiting period
  • Pays 60 percent of predisability salary or 70 percent of all sources of income
  • Payment begins after 90 days of total disability
  • Premiums paid by Employer

Work/life balance

  • Flexible work schedules are available for many employees
  • Child care, through a partnership with YMCA (starting February 2016)
  • You are encouraged to be a part of your community through volunteer work, serving on boards and more
  • Sports sponsorships
  • Wellness programs, fitness center (see more below)
  • Supports youth through paid internship programs, summer work program and Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Employee Assistance Program

  • Offers confidential help in areas of personal concern and difficulty
  • Includes emotional crisis; individual, marital, and parenting concerns; financial and legal difficulties; chemical addiction evaluation; and work-related problems
  • The cooperative will provide up to eight appointments with an employee assistance counselor for each problem

Safety gear

  • Basin Electric provides safety gear free of charge to employees
  • If the job requires fire resistant (FR) clothing, the cooperative provides a budget for FR every year
  • If the job requires steel toed boots, the cooperative will pay for a new pair each year
  • Safety glasses and ear plugs are available to all employees to take home to use with their families

Retirement program

  • Waiting period based on employment status
  • Normal retirement is age 62
  • Retirement benefits are calculated using a predefined benefit formula
  • Premiums paid by Employer

Educational assistance

  • Full-time employees who complete undergraduate or graduate course work at a local/regional accredited educational institution in an approved program may receive up to 100 percent education reimbursement
  • Part-time employees may be eligible for pro-rated reimbursement

Exercise Equipment / PC loan program

  • Employees purchase their own computer systems or exercise equipment and, based on qualified purchases, repay the loan per the terms of the loan agreement through payroll deduction

Wellness program

  • Basin Electric and its subsidiaries promote a total lifestyle approach to employee wellness by providing blood screenings, flu shots, fitness facilities, and wellness and health education programs
  • Employees can take walks on breaks on designated walking paths
  • There is a doctor on staff who is available for office visits and through video chats, and who can prescribe medication
  • A BE Well committee sets up activities and fitness challenges, including reduced-cost FitBits®

BE Involved

  • Employees are encouraged to get involved in their communities, even during work hours when appropriate and approved by a supervisor
  • The BE Involved committee makes getting involved easy, through regular notices on upcoming volunteer opportunities and information on local organizations that could use some help

Basin Electric is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities


Current Positions Available:

• Student Intern (Warehouse) - Mandan, ND

• Assistant Electric Supervisor - Wheatland, WY

• Instrument II - Wheatland, WY

• Operator Technician - Williston, ND


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