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Basin Electric Joins SW Power Pool

By Derrill Holly | ECT Staff Writer Published: July 23rd, 2014

One of the nation’s largest generation and transmission cooperatives is positioning itself to join a regional transmission organization as a step to ensuring sustained system reliability. Basin Electric Power Cooperative directors have authorized the G&T to begin actions to integrate its operations into the Southwest Power Pool, which includes 13 other G&Ts and distribution co-ops.... Read more

Transmission & Distribution

Basin Electric Joins SW Power Pool

Published: July 23rd, 2014

One of the nation’s largest generation and transmission cooperatives is positioning itself to join a regional transmission organization as a step to ensuring sustained system reliability. Basin Electric Power Cooperative directors have authorized the G&T to... Read more

Editor's Pick, Renewable Energy

The Limits to Biofuels Growth

Published: July 22nd, 2014

In his 2006 State of the Union address, President George W. Bush sought to make switchgrass-based ethanol practical and competitive with the price of traditional gasoline by 2012. But two years after his target date, ethanol... Read more

Editor's Pick, Renewable Energy

Without Help, Uneven Path for Renewables

Published: July 21st, 2014

By 2040, the United States might get 27 percent of its energy from renewable sources. Or it might get less than 15 percent. That’s a big disparity, and while renewables are here to stay, the degree... Read more

Power Plants

IEA Chief Says Coal is Needed

Published: July 15th, 2014

Cautioning that “energy security really requires diversity,” the head of the International Energy Agency urged against overdependence on natural gas. “Coal, nuclear and wind are all essential for keeping the lights on,” said Maria van der... Read more

Renewable Energy

Is Waste Wood the Future of Power?

Published: July 15th, 2014

Attention, wind, solar and water. Don’t look back, because wood biomass is gaining on you. When it comes to renewable energy, wood biomass is the now one of the fastest growing sources of electric generation, with... Read more