Basin Electric, WAPA Team Up On Wind Purchase


The Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) will purchase wind power from Bismark, N.D.-based Basin Electric Power Cooperative.

WAPA will purchase the output from Basin Electric's existing 50 MW wind farm. This purchase of wind energy, capacity and renewable attributes will help WAPA offset the effects of prolonged drought in the Missouri River Basin, the area from which both organizations market and deliver power. The short-term contract is effective from Jan. 1, 2010, to Dec. 31, 2012.

‘After reviewing alternatives in the market, this short-term, three-year purchase from Basin Electric fits very well with our power purchase strategies, helps us meet [WAPA's] contract commitments for power and energy at the lowest costs possible, but at the same time helps further our nation's goal for increased renewable energy use and development,’ says Jody Sundsted, power marketing manager for WAPA's Upper Great Plains region.

SOURCE: Basin Electric Power Cooperative

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