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New power plant ready for peak

Utility officials say the facility can be used to make extra electricity during the hottest days of summer and other times of need. The turbine is fueled by natural gas and can be switched on and off quickly.

GROTON (AP) — A $69 million power plant is ready for operation at Groton, according to Basin Electric Power Cooperative.

Utility officials say the facility can be used to make extra electricity during the hottest days of summer and other times of need. The turbine is fueled by natural gas and can be switched on and off quickly.

The additional 95 megawatts available from the station will help Basin Electric meet its summer peak load obligations, a Basin Electric official said in a written release.

Construction began in August 2005. The gas turbine-generator was tested in April and reached its full-load status in May, the utility said.

The decision whether to run the plant will be made by Basin Electric and the Western Area Power Administration, project coordinator Dick Shaffer said.

Basin Electric, a regional power cooperative headquartered in Bismarck, N.D., generates and transmits electricity to 1.8 million rural-electric system customers in nine states.

It has coal-based power plants at Beulah and Stanton, N.D., a coal-based power plant in Wyoming, peaking stations at Vermillion and near Spencer, Iowa, nine combustion-turbine generators and four wind turbines, two of... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

GROTON (AP) — A $69 million power plant is ready for operation at Groton, according to Basin Electric Power Cooperative.

Utility officials say the facility can be used to make extra electricity during the hottest days of summer and other times of need. The turbine is fueled by natural gas and can be switched on and off quickly.

The additional 95 megawatts available from the station will help Basin Electric meet its summer peak load obligations, a Basin Electric official said in a written release.

Construction began in August 2005. The gas turbine-generator was tested in April and reached its full-load status in May, the utility said.

The decision whether to run the plant will be made by Basin Electric and the Western Area Power Administration, project coordinator Dick Shaffer said.

Basin Electric, a regional power cooperative headquartered in Bismarck, N.D., generates and transmits electricity to 1.8 million rural-electric system customers in nine states.

It has coal-based power plants at Beulah and Stanton, N.D., a coal-based power plant in Wyoming, peaking stations at Vermillion and near Spencer, Iowa, nine combustion-turbine generators and four wind turbines, two of which are near Chamberlain, the release said.

Basin also buys the output of three wind farms owned and operated by FPL Energy — two in North Dakota and one near Highmore. It also gets electricity from 750-kilowatt wind turbines at Pipestone, Minn., and Rosebud.

 


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JUL 11 2006
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