Efficiency and conservation

Dakota Gas follows the standard practice of its parent company, Basin Electric, concerning environmental stewardship and regulatory compliance: "Always have; always will."

Conservation begins at the Great Plains Synfuels Plant site near Beulah, North Dakota, where land surrounding the plant is carefully returned to its original state with tree and grass plantings, weed control and top soil replacement. The flue gas desulfurization efforts of the 1990s have given Dakota Gas many valuable products to market while bringing plant emissions to the lowest and cleanest levels in North Dakota.

Efficiency is another standard practice for plant operations and product manufacture and marketing.

Basin Electric supports efforts to ensure energy security for the United States. We support goals and timetables that do not increase costs to consumers. With reasonable timetables and investments in technology, our energy industries can solve the problem without unreasonable costs to Americans.

When it comes to enhancing energy security, Basin Electric believes in a balanced approach. We are focused on ensuring that member cooperatives have reliable, affordable and clean power both now and in the future. Basin Electric has a diversified generation portfolio including wind, gas and waste heat.

Running all of our plants efficiently not only creates more gas, ammonia and electricity, it also means that less energy is used to make energy.

Freedom Mine

The Coteau Properties Company (a wholly owned subsidiary of The North American Coal Corporation) owns and operates the Freedom Mine. Coteau supplies more than 15 million tons of lignite coal annually to Dakota Coal Company, a subsidiary of Basin Electric Power Cooperative. Dakota Coal then provides this lignite to nearby power plants producing over 1,600 megawatts of electricity, and to the Great Plains Synfuels Plant, the nation's only commercial-scale coal gasification plant.

Freedom Mine
204 County Road 15
Beulah, ND 58523
Tel: 701.873.2281
Fax: 701.873.2579

Dakota Coal also controls rights to lignite reserves in North Dakota in addition to providing financing for the Freedom Mine north of Beulah, ND. Dakota Coal is also responsible for marketing Freedom Mine lignite production.